Pilot hurt after 2nd emergency landing in 2 days

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Southwestern Michigan authorities say a 72-year-old pilot made an emergency landing for the second straight day, this time ending up in the hospital.

The Van Buren County Sheriff's Department says William Lawson touched down in a Bangor Township farm field Tuesday, reporting his engine was stalling.

The department says Lawson repaired the single-engine 1953 Piper Tri-pacer and tried to fly out Wednesday but again had engine trouble.

In a release, the department says he touched down in a cow pasture, but the landing gear dug in and the plane flipped.

Lawson was taken to South Haven Hospital for possible fractures and cuts to his face.

He's been a licensed pilot for about 50 years. The Decatur resident was flying from his hometown to South Haven Airport.


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