Pilot injured landing small plane in St. Clair County

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A pilot was hurt Thursday night while trying to land his small plane in Kimball Township, St. Clair County Sheriff’s officials said.

The pilot, identified by the sheriff’s department as Douglas Widmar of New Baltimore, was the only person on the plane at the time of the crash.

The 64-year-old had taken off from a private air strip in the 700 block of Sturdevant Road about 6 p.m., but shortly after he left the ground, witnesses said his ultra-light airplane “dipped once and then nose-dived toward the ground,” county Sheriff Tim Donnellon said in a statement.

“The plane landed wing first, flipped and ended upright.”

Witnesses told investigators they saw the plane reach an altitude of 100 to 150 feet before its nose dipped.

Sheriff’s deputies as well as Kimball Township fire and rescue personnel assisted at the scene.

Tri-Hospital EMS initially took Widmar to Lake Huron Medical Center in Port Huron. He was later flown by helicopter to a Metro Detroit hospital, where he was treated for undisclosed injuries, sheriff’s officials said.

The department said Friday he’s listed in critical condition.

Other details were not released Thursday night.

The Federal Aviation Administration was expected to launch an investigation of the incident early Friday.

The Associated Press contributed.