COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. – A South Bend teen and Cassopolis man are recovering from an ultralight plane crash in southwest Michigan on Friday.
15-year-old Dillen Smith, a freshman at Clay High School, went flying with Timothy Feathers in the ultralight from Cassopolis to a beach along Lake Michigan. They were planning on a going for a swim.
Dillen and his mom, Yvonne Smith, called WSBT Friday night to tell us a wing broke off the ultralight while the small aircraft was 100 to 150 feet off the ground. They were approaching Covert Township Park Beach in Van Buren County when it happened.
Dillen suffered a concussion, broken nose and several broken ribs but has been released from the hospital.
Feathers, on the other hand, could be laid up in the hospital for a couple of weeks with two broken vertebrae and two broken legs.
Feathers is being treated at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, but officials there won't release his condition due to privacy laws.