Unauthorized landing occurs at Selfridge

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  • By 127th Public Affairs
A civilian flying a Cessna 172 aircraft which inadvertently landed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base today has been cleared for take-off from the base.

The aircraft, a four-seat, single-engine, fixed-wing plane, made its unauthorized landing at approximately 12:15 p.m. and had only the pilot on board. The pilot was interviewed by 127th Security Forces personnel to determine the reasoning for the landing, which apparently was due to pilot error causing a loss of the navigational system.

The student pilot, who had taken off originally from Pontiac Airport, was checked by Med Star personnel and has taken off from Selfridge.

Civilian aircraft rarely make unplanned landings at Selfridge. In October 2007, a Northwest Mesaba Airlink flight made an emergency landing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base after previously declaring an in-flight emergency with a report of smoke in the cockpit. That aircraft had a total of 31 personnel onboard, passengers and crew.