Grant township plane crash

GRANT TWP. — Barely missing some trees, a 1963 Cessna plane crashed to the ground at Morton and Sass roads in Grant Township late Sunday morning.

The four passengers, including the pilot, his 12-year-old son, 12-year-old nephew and 71-year-old father were transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital with minor injuries, but all survived the crash.

The small plane, piloted by a 40-year-old Caledonia man, was on its way from Hessel in the Upper Peninsula to Hastings when it encountered engine problems.

"He lost two of his four cylinders," said Grant Fire Chief Ron Melchert.

The pilot attempted to land on Morton road, but could not turn the plane around and instead skidded into a field and flipped after clipping the pavement.

The passengers and pilot were able to get out of the plane with assistance from a nearby resident before emergency responders arrived.

See more on the crash in Monday's Ludington Daily News.