Air Show Incident: Plane Crashes at Thunder Over Michigan, Two Parachute to Safety


Sunday’s collision at the Thunder Over Michigan air display occurred after both occupants ejected, according to officials. The two occupants of the aircraft did not appear to have suffered significant injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that two MiG-23 fighter aircraft occupants parachuted south of Willow Run Airport and landed in Belleville Lake. 

Kevin McNamara, administrator of Van Buren Township, stated that the plane’s occupants were being treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. The aircraft collided with uninhabited vehicles in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Belleville, according to the Wayne County Airport Authority. 

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Safely Ejected: Couple Emerges Unscathed from Aircraft Crash, Hospitalized for Precautionary Measures

“Both the pilot and the rear-seat passenger successfully ejected from the aircraft prior to impact,” the authority reported. The couple was transported to a nearby hospital out of an abundance of caution, despite the evident absence of severe injuries. McNamara stated that no one was injured on the ground.

Thunder Over Michigan, which was commemorating its 25th anniversary, announced on Facebook that the performance had to be halted due to the accident.  Videos depicted smoke and flames streaming into the air. Some videos also appear to show the pilot and another person parachuting out of the aircraft.

The cause of the ejections and accident could not be determined immediately.


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Source: CBS News

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