3 dead, 3 injured in small plane crash near Lansing airport
Three people died and three others were injured Thursday after a single-engine plane crashed near Capital Region International Airport near Lansing.
Spencer Flynn, an airport spokesman, said the crash involved a small, single engine aircraft. He added the aircraft was a non-commercial plane.
He said the pilot was approaching to land at the airport, which is located in DeWitt Township, when “something went wrong” and the six-passenger plane crashed about 9 a.m.
"It was making its approach to the airport and crashed before making it to the runway," he said. "It crashed just west of the airport."
The plane crashed about 125 yards west of Airport Road, offiicials said.
Clinton County Sheriff Larry Jerue said the plane was carrying six people and was flying from Indianapolis.
The aircraft appeared to be a leased TBM 700 plane that was at its passenger capacity, he said. In addition to the pilot, there was a co-pilot on board.
Names of those involved weren’t immediately released. Flynn said the three injured were taken to a hospital.
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Authority were heading to the airport.
Flynn said the airport continues to operate and commercial planes are able to fly into and out of the facility.
Associated Press contributed.