Float Plane Makes Emergency Landing Near Grand Rapids Airport

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn.-One person was injured after their float plane made an emergency landing after take off  near Grand Rapids – Itasca County Airport earlier today.

It all happened at about 1 p.m., according to Grand Rapids Fire Chief Travis Cole. He said a 68-year-old Grand Rapids man in the plane suffered lower back injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The plane had engine issues shortly after takeoff, according to police. It ended up landing in the grass of a stormwater treatment facility about 100 yards away. Nothing was damaged at that facility.

“The pilot did an excellent job in a situation in which he had no other options. No other lives were endangered,” said Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson. “We have been in contact with the FAA and they will conduct an investigation [for] the incident.”

One of the wings of the plane was severely damaged during the incident.


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