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Pilot escapes injury in small airplane crash

Becky Vargo • Jul 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM

PARK TWP. — A Holland man escaped injury when he landed his small airplane at the edge of the woods on Park Township Airport property Saturday morning.

The plane had moderate damage, according to Sgt. Brian Buter of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

John Boer was returning from Oshkosh, Wis., and was traveling at about 70 knots in an attempt to land his airplane just before 10 a.m. Saturday.

During his touchdown on the west end of the runway, he incurred a bounce on the landing and decided to retry his touchdown, Buter said. 

“However, as he was attempted to leave the runway, he did lose control of the aircraft - a Vans RV 9A single engine prop,” the sergeant said.

The plane came to rest in a wooded area off the north end of the runway.

Boer was the only person in the plane and was not injured, Buter said. Nobody on the ground was injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting an investigation.

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