Plane crash at Capital Region International Airport
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Tuesday evening a plane crashed at Capital Region International Airport, causing emergency responders to rush to the location and fight to extinguish the fiery wreckage.
Despite the apparent severity of the crash, none of the passengers on board were harmed.
The crashed plane was a Cirrus Vision SF 50, a small private aircraft. Airport officials confirmed that they were first alerted to the crash at 6:59 p.m., though they did not state what caused the plane to go down.
Emergency responders, including the Lansing Fire Department, DeWitt Township Fire Department and Delta Township Fire Department worked quickly to extinguish the plane, which caught fire shortly after impact at the crash site.
“We are grateful that everyone walked away from the plane without injuries,” said Nicole Noll-Williams, President and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority. “We applaud our CRAA emergency response team and our mutual aid partners in response to the aircraft accident.”
News 10 spoke with an eyewitness, Victoria Vanholder, who says she saw the crash just after it happened. She says she saw the passengers and their dog get out of the plane as it was burning.
“It was three gentleman and an older lady, all maybe in their 50′s,” Vanholder said. “One of them-- I don’t know if he flew the plane or what-- but he just kept looking at it like he was about to cry. When the local fire department showed up I went up to them immediately and let them know everyone was out and they seemed really relieved.”
Officials from the Lansing Fire Department told News 10 all passengers successfully self-evacuated the plane. Although the plane was badly damaged, neither the humans nor the dog sustained any injuries.
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