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GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) - A small experimental plane crashed Sunday afternoon near the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark.
It happened around 1:07 p.m. Sunday in an area known as Pottawatomie Bayou. The small plane crashed on Indian Trails Drive, just east of the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark.
"All there was, was this loud terrible noise of the plane hitting the ground," witness Diana Walbrun described.
Pilot Brian Eric Cannon, 40, of Grand Haven, was the only person in the plane.
Authorities said Cannon sustained facial injuries and internal injuries.
Witnesses in the area tell 24 Hour News 8 Cannon was talking on the scene and complaining about neck and back pain to witnesses in the area who called 911 after the crash.
"I was kind of in shock," witness Codi Reenders said. "There was a plane in my backyard. I didn't think it was real. So I shut the door ran out and he had gotten out of the plane himself and laid down on the ground."
The plane was a single engine experimental-class biplane that passed inspection to fly on Monday. It had engine problems and loss of airspeed, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
Cannon told witnesses Sunday was the first time he had flown the plane and he was testing it. Before the crash, the pilot said knew his engine was going out.
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