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Plane crash investigated

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:50 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

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.

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