The camera was mounted on the experimental aircraft and went missing when it dislodged during the crash near Pottawattomie Bayou in Grand Haven Township late last month.
Vink offered a reward for the return of the camera, thinking some of the people on the scene had picked it up. Although federal aviation officials dug around where the plane nosed into the ground, they did not find the camera.
Larry Walburn, one of the two homeowners on Indian Trails Drive where the plane crashed, and his son dug in the area and located the camera where the nose of the plane went into the ground. They also found part of the plane's broken propeller.
“It was buried deep,” he said.
Walburn said he turned the camera over to the Federal Aviation Administration the following morning. The FAA made a copy of the recording, Vink said.
“It recorded everything — the test runs, the whole thing,” Vink said. “The FAA just returned it to me."
Vink’s friend, Bryan Cannon, was piloting the plane the day it crashed. Cannon suffered facial and internal injuries in the crash, police said. Vink said his friend also suffered a back injury.
Cannon was released from the hospital on July 3 and is recuperating at his parent’s home, Vink said.
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