Small jet skids across highway and into field in Michigan City; pilot and passenger slightly injured

The jet’s left wing was sheared off in the accident.

The guard rail along U.S. 212 struck by the plane. Note the skid marks on the highway and in the field.

Photos and press release from Michigan City Fire Department

On Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017, at 6:45 a.m., the Michigan City Fire Department along with LaPorte County EMS and the Michigan City Police Department responded to a call of a downed aircraft in the field at U.S. 20 and U.S. 212.  Upon arrival they saw a twin-engine CJ2 small-business jet about 300 yards into the field.

The pilot and one passenger were already out of the aircraft. They were the only occupants of the jet.  They were treated for minor injuries by LaPorte County EMS. Their names were being withheld pending an FAA investigation.

The pilot said he made a decision to abort a landing at Michigan City Municipal Airport and tried to take off again, but there was not enough room. The aircraft hit the fence that borders U.S. 212 and then skidded across the highway, taking out a guard rail and then skidding about 300 yards in to the field.  

The jet sustained heavy damage.

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