NORTON SHORES, MICH. - A student pilot is OK despite her plane crashing at the Muskegon County Airport.
The plane, described as a single-engine aircraft, went down during landing just before 2:20 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, Muskegon County Sheriff Dean Roesler said. Its front-nose wheel collapsed and bent upon contact with the ground, causing the aircraft to skid to a stop.
The plane appeared to be largely intact and not on fire, a witness told WZZM.
"I was sitting in my living room when I heard a fire whistle go off, which I think was kind of unusual," said Terry Knoll, who then went outside to investigate the scene.
The pilot is an 18-year-old Indiana woman who was completing some advanced flying time just before the crash, Roesler said. She waved off medical help before ambulances arrived, according to dispatch traffic.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety board are tasked to continue an investigation.
Alcohol nor drugs are not believed to be factors in the crash.
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