Man walks away after crash landing small plane on beach - WNEM TV 5

Man walks away after crash landing small plane on beach

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PARK TOWNSHIP, MI (AP) -

Authorities say a 66-year-old man walked away with only minor injuries after crash landing a small plane on a Lake Michigan beach.

WGHN-AM reports Steven Stam told officers he was flying Sunday evening along the lakeshore in western Michigan when the plane's engine began having trouble. He brought the plane down in dune grass in Ottawa County's Park Township, near Holland State Park.

TV stations WOOD and WZZM that Stam also was involved in a September 2009 crash while trying to land at Park Township Airport. He wasn't hurt in that crash.

Jackee Thompson told MLive.com "something didn't sound right" before Sunday's crash. She says "the next thing you know, everyone is running to the crash site."

The Detroit News reports the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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