Small Plane Destroyed, 2 Injured In Crash Near Gaylord

BAGLEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Authorities say a small plane with two people aboard has crashed near Gaylord in northern Michigan.

A shocking photo posted by the Petoskey News-Review from the scene in Bagley Township, near the Michaywé Pines golf course, showed the Cessna 180 crushed and in pieces.

As bad as it appeared, officials told the newspaper the plane’s pilot and a passenger were both alert and speaking when found by emergency personnel. Both were taken away on stretchers to Otsego Memorial Hospital where their conditions were not immediately known.

According to witnesses, the plane hit some trees before landing upside down in a field south of Gaylord about 1 p.m. Monday.
Jerry Peck, who owns a storage building nearby, said he “heard the sputtering and sputting and then a hellacious crash noise.”

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. The names of those injured were not released.

© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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