Sheriff: No federal probe of Lake Michigan isle plane crash

January 4, 2019
A 72-year-old pilot died in the crash of a small plane Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan. Charlevoix County authorities say an explosion was heard near the island's airport around 7:45 p.m. Sunday. The U.S. Coast Guard assisted authorities in locating the Piper twin-engine plane in a dense, wooded area. The pilot was identified as Donald Falik of Charlotte, near Lansing. He was the only person aboard the plane. (Charlevoix County, Mich., Sheriff's Office via AP)

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff says federal authorities have declined to investigate a small plane crash on a Lake Michigan island.

The Petoskey News-Revie w reports the crash last weekend on Beaver Island killed Donald Falik, a 72-year-old pilot from Eaton County, near Lansing.

Charlevoix County Sheriff Charles Vondra says the Federal Aviation Administration has no plan to travel to northern Michigan, even when the government shutdown ends. He says he finds it “unusual.”

The sheriff says the cause of the crash — mechanical or pilot error — might never be known. Beaver Island is off the northwestern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

The FAA couldn’t be reached for comment Thursday because of the government shutdown.


Information from: Petoskey News-Review, http://www.petoskeynews.com

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