Instructor had 14 seconds to land plane in Traverse City
May 13, 2022
Traverse City, MI — Preliminary fact-finding by Federal Aviation Administration investigators indicates a flight instructor had 14 seconds to safely land a plane after its engine died during its final approach. The crash landing sent the Northwestern Michigan College training plane into a backstop at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center’s athletic fields Tuesday. College spokeswoman Diana Fairbanks says air traffic controllers cleared the flight for landing at Cherry Capital Airport. She says the instructor radioed controllers again after the plane’s engine started slowing down, and he took control of the single-engine Cessna from a student pilot.