On August 21, at 1:38 PM, the Grand Rapids Police Department, Fire Department, Itasca County Sheriff’s Department and Meds-1 Ambulance Service responded to a report of an aircraft that made an emergency landing near the Grand Rapids Itasca County Airport. The aircraft, which was on floats, was located in a grassy area within the grounds of the Grand Rapids Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plant. The high wing single engine Stinson airplane suffered serious damage in the emergency landing when a wing contacted the ground.
The pilot, a 68-year-old Grand Rapids man, was transported to the Grand Itasca Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was alone in the aircraft and told Grand Rapids Investigator Jeremy Nelson that he lost all engine power shortly after takeoff and was forced to set the airplane down in an emergency landing.
“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 of the incident.”