A 47-year-old man is reported in stable condition after crashing onto the grounds of the Battle Creek Executive Airport at Kellogg Field early this morning.
According to a security camera video from the air traffic control tower, the car came onto the airport grounds at about 3:15 a.m. today. The tower was closed at the time; it is closed from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
At around 7 a.m., Duncan Aviation staff noticed the vehicle and contacted airport staff, who called 911. Battle Creek Police, Battle Creek Fire, LifeCare Ambulance, Calhoun County Sheriff, and airport staff responded to the scene.
Police said the driver experienced an unknown medical situation, went off the road at Dickman and North Helmer roads, crashed through the airport perimeter fence, and stopped on a section of the runway. You can see video clips on the city’s YouTube channel, linked directly here.
There was no apparent damage to airport tenant property. The airport remained closed this morning, and airport staff made the repairs necessary to safely reopen fully at about 10:15 a.m. They must order parts to replace an airfield sign and a taxiway edge light.