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MIG 23 Jet Plane Response

Site Contact:
Tricia Edwards


Site Location:
48041 S Service Road
Van Buren, MI 48111
NRC#: 1376111

At approximately 1600 on Sunday, August 13, 2023, a retired Russian MiG-23 Fighter Jet, participating in the Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, suffered engine trouble which resulted in the pilot ejecting and the jet crashing approximately 25 feet away from an apartment complex. Approximately 970 gallons of jet fuel were on board the jet at the time of the crash. Much of the fuel was consumed in a subsequent fire; however, some of the fuel reportedly made its way to Willow Run Creek. The resulting fire was extinguished using PFOS-containing AFFF firefighting foam. The two pilots from the jet only suffered minor injuries following their ejection and landing in a nearby lake. The apartment complex near where the jet crash has been evacuated and the residents have been temporarily relocated. The fire has been extinguished and the FBI and FAA are on scene investigating the crash.


Western Wayne HazMat has requested an EPA OSC to provide technical assistance and potential funding of oil spill cleanup for the jet fuel that made its way to the Willow Run Creek. EPA OSC Tricia Edwards arrived on-scene and has not observed oil sheen on the creek but stated a jet fuel odor can be observed in the grassy area surrounding the crash site. The crash site has been secured by the FBI and FAA for their investigation, so limited oil spill response can occur until evidence collection has finished.