Plane crash investigated

The pilot of an experimental airplane that crashed in Grand Haven Township on Sunday is recuperating at Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.
Becky Vargo
Jul 3, 2013


Brian Cannon is listed in fair condition, a hospital spokesperson said Tuesday.

Police said Cannon suffered facial and internal injuries in the crash.

Cannon, who was testing the airplane for a friend, had just taken off from Grand Haven Memorial Airport when the crash occurred early Sunday afternoon near Pottawattomie Bayou. Police said the airplane lost power, clipped a tree in a yard on Indian Trails Drive and slammed into the ground, just a few yards away from the bayou.

“The thought is right now that it iced up – carburetor ice,” said the plane’s owner, Bob Vink of Spring Lake.

Vink said the plane lost power and Cannon was trying to land in the water, but clipped the tree and came down at a 45-degree angle.

“He would have been fine if he had been 5 feet to the left,” Vink said.

Vink said he had spent the past 2-3 years building the plane.

A video camera was attached to the plane and must have been removed at the crash scene, Vink said. He is offering a $100 reward for the return of the camera.

The camera looks almost like a cellphone, Vink said. “It’s like a helmet cam.”

Vink said the camera was activated and contains important evidence for the Federal Aviation Administration’s investigation of the crash.

Click on the RELATED FILE below this story for the FAA fact sheet on how the agency investigates plane crashes.

Vink said he wouldn't press criminal charges if the camera is returned right away. The camera can be returned to the Grand Haven airport.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.




glad to hear the pilot is doing better


Wow, he didn't accuse anyone from what I read, but you sure sound guilty as H***. How do you know how it was attached to the plane? Better just own up and give it back.


Just for post above makes no sense now because this aareende person severely edited their original post, which I find quite humorous. Some people just shouldn't be allowed internet access.


I didn't get a chance to read the original post from aareende but your reply to the original comment, the username of aareende and the fact that they revised their original post should raise suspicions for investigators. LessThanAmused, your reply leads me to think aareende made some kind of reference to where the stolen camera was located on the plane and who may have stolen it. This is especially interesting when you take into account that the name of the family whose backyard the plane crashed in is "Reenders".....maybe TruthHurts isn't too far off from the truth!


Might be the case, I dunno. I don't know any of the folks who live out that way, I just thought it was pretty strange when the article didn't attempt to out anyone in particular that the first post is someone hollaring about being accused and explaining how the camera was supposedly attached to the plane.
It'd be interesting to know if the Tribune folks contact the cops in cases like these, but I'm sure we'll never know one way or another. Hopefully the guy will get his camera back.


there are people who live next to the crash that are of questionable character.


Ahhhh, relatives of yours Truth?


Bull cr@p! Those people are my mother's neighbors, and both families are good people.


He says stupid stuff like that all the time H M. Best to just ignore him.


better tell your mom to install some cameras!


They have been friends for 22 years. They plow my mom's driveway in the winter out of friendship, and were always available when my dad was ill. Shame on you!


@BackWhereIComeFrom ok first of all do you even know the Reenders? Because they are some of the most loyal, trustworthy, and respectful people you will ever meet. Second unless you know what happened because you were the first person to respond to the crash site then dont start pointing fingers, not only is it immature but it sounds pretty pathetic. Third the family wasnt even in town so get some facts straight before you start talking
And also the neighbors and all the families along with the Reenders around there are some very kind people and unless you know them personally you cant make an absurd accusation... Soo grow up, get a life and move on


Some of the family was there, but I agree with the rest of what you said. The Reenders are good people, as are the other neighbors, the Walburns. My mom is the next house down, and I have known these people for years


Correct i was referring to the head of household where the accident took place. Only Codi and Madeline were there and had just walked in the door but yes the others were in town and yes your mom and other neighbors are great people


Not sure why this turned into bad mouthing someone on the street. Very nice people used to live a couple houses down.


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