MARQUETTE - A 61-year-old Newberry man has been discharged from Helen Newberry Joy Hospital after sustaining burns to his arms and legs in a plane crash Sunday afternoon.
At 2:15 p.m., a Michigan State Police trooper from the Newberry detachment was dispatched to the Luce County Airport upon report of a plane crash. According to a written statement from police, the trooper observed Dean Minett walking away from a single-engine plane on the west end of the runway that was engulfed in flames.
Police said Minett was the lone occupant of the plane, which was owned by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and was being flown for aerial fire assistance.
Police said Minett told them he had attempted to land at the airport after the cockpit began smelling like smoke. Minett said as he came in for the landing, smoke began to fill the cockpit, distracting him and causing him to crash.
Police said the plane was a total loss.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
The MSP was assisted by the Luce County Airport staff, the Luce County Emergency Management director, Luce County EMS, the DNR and the Newberry Fire Department.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.