Plainwell Municipal Airport http://michiganradio.org en Small plane clips a FedEx truck, crashes and kills pilot http://michiganradio.org/post/small-plane-clips-fedex-truck-crashes-and-kills-pilot <p>A small plane crashed in Allegan County this morning.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2011/09/plane_that_crashed_into_fedex.html">The Kalamazoo Gazette</a> reports that construction workers working on a bridge over U.S. 131 saw the plane approaching the Plainwell Municipal Airport and noticed that it was too low.</p><p>The plane clipped the back of a FedEx semi traveling on U.S. 131 before crashing. Chuck Wiersma was one of the construction crew members:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We said, &#39;He&#39;s not going to make it,&quot; Wiersma said. &quot;And he didn&#39;t make it.&quot;</p><p>The plane clipped the truck&#39;s trailer and crashed. Paul Brindley, who runs the airport, said the pilot was killed. Police said the truck driver was not hurt.</p><p>After the plane crashed, Wiersma said he drove onto northbound U.S. 131 and attempted to stop traffic. He also went to the crash site to see if he could help.</p><p>Asked what he saw, Wiersma said, &quot;It was a mess.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>At around 9 a.m. this morning, <a href="http://www.wzzm13.com/news/article/179983/14/UPDATE-Pilot-killed-in-Allegan-County-plane-crash-US-131-closed">WZZM</a> reported that a stretch of U.S. 131 was closed:</p><blockquote><p>Allegan County Sheriff&#39;s Deputies have closed the northbound side of the highway, from M-89 to M-222. It is unclear how long U.S. 131 will remain closed. Drivers are advised to avoid the area. Fri, 23 Sep 2011 14:43:32 +0000 Mark Brush 4276 at http://michiganradio.org Small plane clips a FedEx truck, crashes and kills pilot