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Aircraft accident at Lansing airport - Airport open, no impact on any other aircraft operations

Aug. 15, 2023

Contact: Katherine Japinga

LANSING, Mich.— The Capital Region International Airport (LAN) had an aircraft accident on Tuesday morning shortly after 8 a.m. with an Ameriflight Beechcraft 99 aircraft (small cargo feeder aircraft). The aircraft departed from Runway 10R, became airborne briefly, and then crashed south of Taxiway B near the cargo ramp. There was no fire, and LAN personnel as well as local emergency response teams responded immediately, and the individual on the plane walked away without injuries but was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

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

Here are confirmed facts:

Time of incident: shortly after 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15

Type of Aircraft: Beechcraft 99

Total number on board: 1 (pilot)


Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Grand Rapids will be on-site to investigate.

The airport is currently open, and there has been no impact on any other aircraft operations.


The Capital Region Airport Authority owns and operates the Capital Region International Airport (LAN), Mason Jewett Field Airport (TEW) and Port Lansing – a global logistics center and mid-Michigan’s only U.S. Port of Entry. The Capital Region International Airport is an important asset in the mid-Michigan community, driving $1 billion annually in economic impact with 700 people employed at the airport. The airport welcomes more than 352,000 visitors each year to connect throughout the country and the world. In addition to providing corporate and general aviation, the Capital Region International Airport moves 63.5 million pounds of cargo annually and is one of two airports in the state with a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station. Port Lansing, mid-Michigan’s only U.S. Port of Entry and home to Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #275 covering eight counties, also features a 48,000-square-foot cargo facility and container freight station, and 425 acres of ready-to-develop land. For more information, go to and visit the airport’s Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter accounts.