A Battle Creek pilot made a crash landing near the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport Friday afternoon.

On November 1st, at 4:33 pm, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, along with firefighters from the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport, responded to the airfield for an aircraft that had crash landed. A small, single engine airplane, piloted by a 41-year-old Battle Creek man, suffered a mechanical issue just after takeoff.

The pilot attempted to land on a runway, but instead crash landed in a grassy area nearby. The pilot was transported by ambulance to the hospital for minor injuries. There were no other occupants in the airplane.

The cause of the crash is unknown. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted, and is investigating the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-488-8911 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.