Crews battle small aircraft fire on Lansing airport runway


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Firefighters battled a fire after a small aircraft crashed on the runway of Capital Regional International Airport near Lansing Tuesday evening.

Authorities said a Cirrus Vision SF50, single-engine personal commuter jet crashed, causing the airport to close between 7:11 p.m. and 9:50 p.m. The airport was first alerted to the fire at 6:59 p.m.

A viewer of WLNS-TV, News 8’s sister station in Lansing, sent video of the crash before crews arrived on scene.

The Lansing Fire Department provided an update on Facebook saying all passengers are OK and were able to evacuate before first responders arrived. Airport officials confirmed four people and a dog were on the aircraft.

“We are grateful that everyone walked away from the plane without injuries,” said Nicole Noll-Williams, president and CEO of the Capital Region Airport Authority. “We applaud our CRAA emergency response team and our mutual aid partners in response to the aircraft accident.

The fire was fought by the Lansing Fire Department, Dewitt Charter Township Fire Department, Delta Township Fire Department and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.

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