Michigan DNR Mourns Loss of F/LT. Arthur A. Green III in Plane Crash

F/LT. Arthur A. Green
F/LT. Arthur A. Green
Michigan DNR MDNR
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Lansing, MI -(AmmoLand.com)- First Lieutenant (F/LT.) Arthur A. Green III of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division died in a plane crash late Sunday night in Little Traverse Township, Emmet County.

F/LT. Green, 58, of Farmington Hills served as supervisor for the DNR’s District 9, which includes Wayne, Oakland, Monroe, Genesee, Lapeer, Macomb and St. Clair counties.

“F/LT. Green’s death is a profound loss for the DNR and for the citizens of the state,” said DNR Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “He was a dedicated professional who was deeply committed to protecting our nation, its citizens and Michigan’s natural resources. Most recently, F/LT. Green was instrumental in the smooth transition of Belle Isle Park in Detroit to DNR management. He will be greatly missed.”

F/LT. Green served as a member of the United States Air Force and the Michigan Air National Guard before retiring in 2004. In addition, he previously served as a police officer with the Detroit Police Department. In 1996, F/LT. Green joined the Michigan DNR as a conservation officer, assigned initially to Oakland County.

First Lieutenant (F/LT.) Green was en route to a meeting of the DNR Law Enforcement Division when the private plane he was piloting, a Piper Cherokee, crashed during its approach to the Harbor Springs Airport. The accident occurred sometime after 11 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. F/LT. Green was the only person on the plane.

The accident remains under investigation.

About the Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations.

For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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As a supervisor with the MPSCS, I worked with Art many times on DNR-LE communications projects. He was always willing to “make it happen” when coordination was required between our two departments. He was devoted, friendly, outgoing and a pleasure to work with. With me being a former pilot, he explained his great pleasure with working with the Tuskegee Airmen and he looked forward to flying one of their birds. I considered him not just a co-worker, but a friend. RIP


NTSB writes the initial crash report then the FAA reviews for findings and actions , that’s why a year or more. Piper Cherokee is a easy to fly aircraft , most older private pilots spent some time in one at some point in learning. However the possibly of the rotating beacon causing a hypnotic effect or spatial disorientation is a possibly from the rotating beacon reflecting off the rear side of the propeller.

Irene Metro

Arthur Green was one of the kindest, compassionate people whom I have known. He has been my patient for many years, first as a pilot getting his medicals and then he saw me for his medical issues. He always had a smile for everyone, from the secretary to the person who took his blood. He is missed by all who knew him, especially me. He was like a brother to me and I enjoyed our chats. He always spoke about his sons and his wife, a devoted family man. Condolences to his wife, his sons and the rest of Arthur’s… Read more »


Bad weather,pilot error,aircraft malfunction ? What did the FAA investigation conclude ?

The Dude

FAA takes about a year to release a report

Beverly Kindle-Walker

The Friends of Detroit City Airport mourns the loss of Arthur A. Green, Tuskegee Airmen Detroit Chapter President. He loved flying and talking to young people about the history on the Tuskegee Airmen. Condolences to the family.


Yes, lt. Arthur green, he did love children n loved flying, n loved travelling too, he was very special in my life, since i am an honorary tuskegee airman from the l.A. Chapter, honorary buffalo soldier museum member n special advisor tot eh executive director, n honorary national civil right s museum board member n awardee of the coveted martin luther king jr. Trailblazer freedom medallion co-founder of achilles track club, of ghana west africa, n whodatnation founding , committee,co-founding committee member of national bicycle safety helmet week project, sponsored by mcdonald’s, chaplain salvation army men’s group of n. Texas… Read more »