Plane Crash Lands on U.S. 127

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The pilot of a single-engine plane was injured Thursday afternoon when he crashed the aircraft after trying to land on U.S. Highway 127.

The pilot, a 54-year-old man from Oakland County's Waterford Township, was taken to a hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, said Blackman Township Public Safety Director Mike Jester.

Three other people in the 1958 Cessna were checked out at the scene north of Jackson and did not require further medical treatment.

The pilot's name was not immediately released.

The accident happened about 12:30 p.m. near U.S. 127 and Parnall Road north of Interstate 94 in Jackson County. The plane went down in a grassy area near a highway exit, close to a Jackson County airport.

The pilot reported engine trouble and told authorities he was trying to reach the airport to refuel. The plane may have run out of fuel, but the Federal Aviation Administration will determine a cause, Jester said.

The pilot was attempting to land the plane on U.S. 127, Jester said, but opted not to when he feared he might hit overhead signs on the highway.