Plymouth Twp. MI Aviation News: Helicopter lands on I-275 after engine failure

06/14/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Plymouth Township, MI—Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are probing a helicopter accident. Engine issues prompted the pilot to make an emergency landing. The aviation-related incident occurred in the median of Interstate 275 Sunday afternoon, June 13, 2010, according to information provided by

Pilot Robert Pierce was aboard his Bell 47 helicopter when the aircraft experienced mechanical issues just minutes after departure. He was almost immediately forced into making an emergency landing.

“I had an unexpected engine failure. I just filled up the tanks at the airport, and had just taken off from the airport 5 minutes before the crash, and the engine stopped. I really don’t know why,” Piece explained.

The median of I-275 between M-14 and Ann Arbor Road served as a temporary runway during the 3:40 p.m. incident. However, the situation ended quite fortunately for the pilot and his helicopter.

The aircraft sustained no damage and Pierce walked away from the scene without injury. Nonetheless, traffic did come to a crawl as emergency crews worked to clear the scene.

Michigan State Police (MSP) and officials from the Plymouth Township Police Department were initially dispatched to the scene. Investigations are underway.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Michigan Aviation Accident Lawyers.

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