Sheriff: No federal probe of Beaver Island plane crash

Associated Press
A 72-year-old pilot died in the crash of a small plane Dec. 30, 2018 on Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.

Beaver Island – 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.