5 rescued after collision involving 2 planes in Leelanau

Blake Alsup
The Detroit News
Survivors from a plane crash on North Fox Island disembark a Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Traverse City.

Five people were rescued after a collision involving two planes on an island in Leelanau County in northern Lake Michigan on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

A single-engine XTRA 330 aircraft was landing at North Fox Island when it struck a Cessna 172 as it was departing, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Tony Molinaro. He said both planes then landed on the runway after the collision.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Traverse City rescued the five on North Fox Island, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

All five people involved in the crash on North Fox Island survived and were transported to Traverse City.

Three of the five people involved had minor injuries and two were uninjured. 

Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Ninth District Command Center were notified about the crash by Michigan State Police, the Coast Guard release said.

The helicopter landed, picked up the five individuals and took them to emergency medical personnel in Traverse City.

Molinaro said Sunday FAA officials are investigating. The investigation will most likely take a few weeks to complete, he said.