Timeline

1D2 Canton-Plymouth Mettetal – brief history, and timeline of events, incidents, crashes, and fatalities. This list and any of the documents below are not meant to be all inclusive or exhaustive.

1d2 Timeline / History Related Files

NOTE:  FAA, NASA, and NTSB numbers are used to offer information as accurate as possible. Instructions to look up FAA, NASA, NTSB # numbers used below are at the end of this article under section “How to Lookup Up FAA, NASA, NTSB #’s Used Above“.

NOTE: E-AB = Experimental Amateur Built (E-AB) aircraft used throughout this site.

1d2 Timeline / History Events, Incidents, Crashes, Fatalities . . .

  • 1920 – Rapheal Mettetal (Robert and Marvin’s father) settles the family farm.
  • 1930s – Mettetal Airport started out as a farm grass strip to support crop dusters in the roaring 20’s. Bi-planes supported the farmers of pea patchs and the corn fields in the Plymouth-Canton area. Because of that the area commonly became known for heavy chemical and pesticide usage that no one else wanted to deal with. “By 1939 the property was used less and less for a farm and more and more for an airport.”
  • 1939 – Mettetal Airport was established as a public use airport.
  • 1946 – Robert Mettetal operated it starting around February 1946.
  • 50s and early 60s – Wayne county rural areas were commonly used as dumping grounds for machine shop and factory industrial waste and chemical by-products, my parents and grandparents were always surprised that Mettetal wasn’t designated as a mini EPA Superfund clean-up area after all the crop dusting chemicals, pesticides, leaky fuel tanks and numerous spills, and prevalent dumping thru the 70s. Add to this the continual usage of leaded gasoline for almost 96 years, e.g. since the 1920s, which also still continues to this day in 2017!
  • 1960s – When Robert retired Marvin and his wife started to run Mettetal.
  • 1972 – Seven seriously injured when plane from 1d2 crashes into Farmington supermarket. [see 1d2 crash fatal info], save file for best viewing]
  • 1973 – Detroit News reports another plane crash at 1d2
  • 1973 – EPA requires phase-out of lead in all grades of gasoline. 28 Nov.
  • 1975 – Canton and Plymouth continue public dissension around  1d2 airport topic.
  • Safety record keeping at 1d2 seems to begin here (FAA AIDS, NASA ASRS, and FAA NTSB database for sure).
  • 02/26/78 – FAA # 19780226001959I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 09/14/78 – NTSB # MIA78FKG79 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: destroyed
  • 10/21/78 – FAA # 19781021029601I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 10/21/78 – FAA # 19781021029602I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 11/04/78 – FAA # 19780411009839I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 02/15/79 – FAA # 19790215007239I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 01/24/80 – FAA # 19800124018179I – INCIDENT DAMAGE SUBSTANTIAL, ILLEGAL DRUG, STOLEN AIRCRAFT, ETC.
  • 1981 – Detroit News reports two planes crashes within a month
  • 1981 – Roller Rink plans dropped after more crashes. 1D2 area gaining recognition as economically unviable surroundings due to 1D2. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing]
  • 02/26/81 – FAA # 19810226013659I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 07/13/81 – FAA # 19810713053819I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR E-AB
  • 10/19/81 – FAA # 19811019082689I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 01/01/82 – FAA # 19820101001879I – INCIDENT DAMAGE
  • 04/14/82 – NTSB # CHI82DA121 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 08/16/82 – NTSB # CHI82DA311 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: E-AB
  • 01/26/83 – FAA # 19830126004359I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR E-AB
  • 05/14/83 – FAA # 19830514047629I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR E-AB
  • 09/13/83 – NTSB # CHI83LA435 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 02/26/85 – FAA # 19850226010489I – INCIDENT DAMAGE
  • 06/06/85 – NTSB # CHI85LA222 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 1 Minor. E-AB
  • 1986 – Sadly, Ian Mettetal, legally drunk, hit and killed his older brother Keith with a car on the runway. Many still feel that the airport, runway, and terminal building are haunted and unlucky. It really is just plain creepy there!
  • 06/26/86 – FAA # 19860626059189I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 09/08/86 – FAA # 19860809046589I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 1988 – Klochko Inc., a parent company of Jet Services Inc. purchases the property.
  • 01/04/89 – NASA # 114804 – INCIDENT Critical event, 2 ACFT AT SAME ALT IN IMC WITH LESS THAN STANDARD SEPARATION
  • 01/11/89 – NASA # 128638 – INCIDENT ATC unauthorized approach
  • 03/15/89 – FAA # 19890315014579I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 01/06/90 – NASA # 149217 – INCIDENT ATC violation
  • 01/07/90 – NASA # 152551 – INCIDENT Critical event, rejected take off, runs off end of runway
  • 01/11/90 – NASA # 163462 – INCIDENT ATC clearance violation
  • 02/05/90 – FAA # 19900502024549I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 05/19/90 – FAA # 19900519032519I – INCIDENT DAMAGE
  • 07/23/90 – NTSB # CHI90FA190AACCIDENT Fatal(3): Fatal(3) fatal mid-air collision. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing]
  • 07/23/90 – NTSB # CHI90FA190BACCIDENT Fatal(3): Fatal(3) – FEDERAL ARMORED SERVICE. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing] [fatal article]
  • 07/25/90 – NTSB # CHI90FA196 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 11/10/90 – NTSB # CHI91LA008 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 12/26/90 – NTSB # CHI91LA051 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 1991 – Heavy Canton and Plymouth 1d2 public airport community dissension continues – Wayne County “Mettetal” NOT important. According to Mike Duggan, deputy Wayne County executive, the airport, at Lilley and Joy roads in Canton, is classified a ‘reliever’ airport for Metropolitan Airport, but the county doesn’t place a lot of emphasis on that roll. “As far as we’re concerned it doesn’t make a difference,” Duggan said. “As a matter of air traffic, it is not important to the county.” … “It’s not a county issue. If this issue is tearing apart people, that airport isn’t worth it.” The only value in 1991 was 26 industrial sites had a value of $500,000, less abatement of 50% making revenue about $250,000, this s/b adjusted for 2017 values. … “Feuds within area groups are very harmful to everyone,” Duggan said. “If it were a life-and-death issue, I could understand. I can’t believe that this small airport is worth it.”
  • 1991 – Canton and Plymouth dissension continues, arguing publicly and legally over property.
  • 01/04/91 – NASA # 175432 – INCIDENT ATA clearance d/n make sense
  • 01/05/91 – NASA # 177801 – INCIDENT SAFETY event, inflight encounters with cars warning re Joy rd still NOT posted on anywhere on Joy road or anywhere in the 1d2 terminal building as of January 2017. This was suggested way back in 1991! There have been many close calls, but none have been recorded anywhere. Here is an example of what could happen with no proper warning to cars and pilots. A disaster waiting to happen for the unlucky motorist or pilot!
  • Video of a small plane crashing into a car, very similar to 1d2 Joy Road encroachment!
  • 05/14/91 – FAA # 19910514027809I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 1992 – $1.4m awarded from 1990 mid-air crash with three fatalities  [see 1d2 crash fatal info]
  • 1992 – Mettetal based Safety Flying Club plane crash, three fatalities [fatal article]
  • 01/01/92 – NASA # 200907 – INCIDENT Critical event, fuel starvation, forced landing
  • 01/03/92 – NASA # 204048 – INCIDENT ATC clearance violation
  • 05/22/92 – FAA # 19920522025319I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 10/08/92 – NTSB # CHI92LA239 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 1993 – State of Michigan MDOT purchases Mettetal for over $4m from owner that paid $3.1m – State Representative Jerry Vorva (R 20th district) stated at the time “The only people this sales serves are the owners and bureaucrats making work for themselves. We don’t need a public run airport. Private is fine, but not public.” This is a waste of tax dollars from gasoline taxes and airline ticket sales, failed now almost 25 year old experiment that shows this airport was never critical, and is no longer needed or wanted in the community and is not economically viable.
  • 01/05/93 – NASA # 242355 – INCIDENT Critical event, E-AB loss of control of aircraft, run off runway
  • 02/25/93 – NTSB # CHI93LA095 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 06/28/93 – NTSB # CHI93FA234ACCIDENT Fatal(1): Fatal(1). [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing] [fatal article]
  • 08/21/93 – NTSB # CHI93LA336 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 01/05/94 – NASA # 271299 – INCIDENT Critical event, E-AB loss of control of aircraft, prop destroyed
  • 03/09/94 – NTSB # CHI94FA310ACCIDENT Fatal(1): Fatal(1). Emergency fatal crash landing in adjacent industrial park. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing] [fatal article]
  • 09/05/94 – FAA # 19940509024529I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 09/14/94 – NTSB # CHI94LA328 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 01/01/95 – NASA # 294673 – INCIDENT ATC enters airspace w/o clearance
  • 02/08/95 – NTSB # CHI95LA257 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 05/06/95 – NTSB # CHI95LA171 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 07/02/95 – NTSB # CHI95LA085 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 11/09/95 – FAA # 19950911033789I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 12/16/95 – NTSB # CHI96LA054 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 1 Minor. E-AB
  • 1996 – January 1 the Clean Air Act completely banned the use of leaded fuel for any on road vehicle. Should you be found to possess leaded gasoline in your car you can be subject to a $10,000 fine. It is still allowed in piston aircraft and rotorcraft (helicopters). Further, unlike many other poisons, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “No safe blood lead level has been identified.” Since lead is a naturally occurring heavy metal, unlike carcinogens like pesticides, waste oils and other chemical materials, lead will not break down over time. It does not vaporize or disappear ever.
  • 12/16/96 – FAA # 19961216042909I – INCIDENT DAMAGE E-AB
  • 06/22/97 – FAA # 19970622024129I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 06/25/97 – NTSB # CHI97FA188 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.
  • 04/18/98 – NTSB # CHI98LA131ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 2 Serious. Crash into subdivision at Ford Road and Morton Taylor. 150j crashes into Canton family driveway while doing “go rounds”. Witness: ‘I’m sure they [kids] heard his [pilots] screams’! see document reference on Safety page. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing]
  • 06/20/98 – FAA # 19980620030489I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 01/09/00 – NASA # 484890 – INCIDENT Approach cancelled due to uncontrolled airport unfamiliarity
  • 06/26/00 – NTSB # CHI00LA172 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 01/04/01 – NASA # 507937 – INCIDENT Critical event, E-AB landing in emergency condition
  • 01/04/01 – NASA # 508432 – INCIDENT Critical event, fuel exhaustion, forced landing
  • 01/06/01 – NASA # 516795 – INCIDENT Critical event, missed approach, evasive action, executed go around
  • 08/18/01 – NTSB # CHI01LA285 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 2 Serious. E-AB
  • 05/05/02 – FAA # 20020505012039I – INCIDENT DAMAGE
  • 10/20/02 – NTSB # CHI03LA011 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 12/15/02 – FAA # 20021215035719I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 12/15/02 – FAA # 20021215035719I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 12/15/02 – FAA # 20021215035719I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 02/07/03 – NTSB # CHI03LA187 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 05/13/03 – POLICE – ACCIDENT E-AB Gyrobee emergency landing on Ann Arbor Trail. Surely there are many more like this to be discovered.
  • 12/22/2003 – NTSB # CHI04LA047ACCIDENT, Helicopter MRO, Sikorsky S-58JT destroyed. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing]
  • 01/11/04 – NASA # 636933 – INCIDENT ATC approach clearance violation
  • 07/31/04 – NTSB # CHI04CA210 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 1 Minor, 2 Uninjured. Emergency landing after takeoff.
  • 08/08/04 – FAA # 20040808020329I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 10/07/05 – NTSB # NYC05LA118 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.
  • 01/01/06 – NASA # 684373 – INCIDENT Critical event, took evasive action to avoid collision
  • 01/06/06 – NASA # 702739 – INCIDENT Critical event, loss of aircraft control, prop destroyed
  • 03/10/06 – FAA # 20061003020579I – INCIDENT DAMAGE MINOR
  • 05/29/2007 – NTSB # CHI04LA047 – ACCIDENTHelicopter MRO, Sikorsky S-58JT destroyed. Embarrassing, and costly court case  debacle closed.
    McMAHON HELICOPTER SERVICES, INC. v. U.S. (E.D.Mich. 5-29-2007), Case No. 04-74133. (E.D. Mich. May. 29, 2007) | Casetext.
    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION,  McMAHON HELICOPTER SERVICES, INC. v. U.S. (E.D.Mich. 5-29-2007), Case No. 04-74133. (E.D. Mich. May. 29, 2007) (pdf)
  • 2009 – EPA Sets new limits on Leaded Gasoline. 4 Mar. 1985. Oct. 2009.
  • 06/13/10 – NTSB # CEN10CA317ACCIDENT Nonfatal: HELICOPTER MRO ‘Post Maintenance Flight’. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing] The helicopter had a total loss of engine power about 2 miles northeast of 1d2.
  • 08/13/10 – NTSB # CEN10LA482 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 1 Minor, 3 Uninjured.
  • 06/29/11 – NTSB # CEN11FA431ACCIDENT Fatal(2): Fatal(2) E-AB crashes into home. [see 1d2 crash fatal info, save file for best viewing] [fatal article]
  • 08/28/11 – NTSB # CEN11CA604 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal:
  • 04/07/12 – FAA # 20120704023259I – INCIDENT DAMAGE
  • 05/13/2012 – State may help save City Airport – Crain’s Detroit Business
    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120513/SUB01/305139970/state-may-help-save-city-airport
    The state took ownership of two failing general aviation facilities — Romeo State Airport and Canton-Plymouth-Mettetal Airport in Canton Township — and contracted management of them to private companies. “The state would rather not own airports,”  Michigan’s top public aviation official Mike Trout said.
  • 05/20/12 – NTSB # CEN12LA308 – ACCIDENT Nonfatal: 3 Minor, 1 Uninjured.
  • 01/12/14 – NASA # 1222317 – INCIDENT ATC issued new clearance, incorrect approach
  • 06/29/2015 – The unofficial Facebook page for 1d2: Canton–Plymouth Mettetal Airport – Canton, Michigan – Airport | Facebook
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/CantonPlymouth-Mettetal-Airport/546248695421492
    Many in Canton, Plymouth and surrounding densely populated neighborhoods are angry about the complete waste of taxpayer money and lead pollution at 1d2!
  • 1d2 Hangars are so cheaply priced to desperately attract tenants that some are used only for junk storage, as seen below, e.g. there is no visible aircraft stored in the hangar at all! It looks like a rummage sale or flea market instead of an airstrip. FAA should do a hangar inspection inventory as is done at other airfields. 1d2 fuel prices also undercut many other airports to desperately attract people as well, it does not seem like fair competition from a State/FAA funded airport!

  • April 1, 2017 – finally the local Symbol for Taxpayer Waste and LEAD Poisoning has been removed! Taxpayers have been continuously paying for the big “LEAD Ball” radar dome that hasn’t been used in 20 years. It’s about time!

Finally Gone. Taxpayers only paid for 20 years of NON-USE!

  • September 7, 2017 – The State of Michigan, Wayne County, and Canton Township do NOT have money to allocate to repair township roads and may be forced to depend on local dollars, BUT the State of Michigan/MDOTis paying a third party contractor to work on a personal airplane, use State trucks, on State paid time, using a State paid cell phone (248-981-8127, call off hours or weekends to see for yourself) and other taxpayer paid resources to perform the work! The third party contractor was clearly visible seen working on and repairing a private/personal airplane from the gas station across the street at Joy Road and Lilley Road. People gathered in awe and couldn’t believe their eyes. Simply unbelievable, another slap in the taxpayers face! The abuse of taxpayers money continues at 1d2! The gas station worker and some on-lookers say this is a very frequent sight at 1d2 and goes on for hours on end all the time! It is the first hangar and is very visible from all directions, locals and people at 1d2 all surely know who this is!

Third party Contractor working on personal plane on State paid time!

  • The Timeline / History is a work in progress, with more updates coming soon . . .

How to Lookup Up FAA, NASA, NTSB #’s Used Above

Anyone can lookup NTSB numbers used above here:
NTSB Aviation Accident Database & Synopses
https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/index.aspx

Copy the NTSB # of your choice from the timeline above and paste it under the NTSB Status heading into the “Accident Number” box, and then hit “submit query” button in the lower left.

Alternatively, you can lookup NTSB#’s here too:
FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS)
NTSB Aviation Accident and Incident Data System (NTSB)
https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:24:0::NO:::

You can lookup FAA#’s here:
FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS)
FAA Accident and Incident Data System (FAA AIDS)
https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:12:0::NO:::

You can lookup NASA#’s here:
FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS)
Aviation Safety Reporting System (NASA ASRS)
https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:19:0::NO:::

References and Further Reading

The unofficial Facebook page for 1d2: Canton–Plymouth Mettetal Airport – Canton, Michigan – Airport | Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/CantonPlymouth-Mettetal-Airport/546248695421492