By Lonnie Huhman,
Two people were injured on May 11 in Webster Township as the small plane they were in crashed at Cackleberry Airport.
According to airport manager Stephanie Klawender, the crash happened around 8 p.m. as the plane was attempting to takeoff from the airport, which is located at 7150 Strawberry Lake Road. She said the crash is currently being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, so at this time she does not know the cause.
Dexter Area Fire Chief Robert Smith said the pilot stated “While attempting a take-off the aircraft got to about 20 feet off the ground and lost power.”
Klawender said the pilot suffered injuries to his back and the passenger had broken bones in her foot.
Klawender said considering how badly the crashed plane broke apart, the injuries could have been worse. The plane was a Cessna Skyhawk.
“We’re very thankful that they are OK,” she said of the pilot and passenger, who were reportedly visiting the area and then taking off that evening.
Both were transported to the University of Michigan Health System.
She said the airport, which was established by her late father John Wiltse in 1940, has never had a crash. It’s a quiet, privately owned airport that is open to public use as licensed basic utility airport. She said they get maybe one or two planes in a week.