Photo: Oceana County Sheriff's Office

Michigan Man Killed In Powered Parachute Crash Near Lake Michigan

The aircraft was 25-30 feet off the ground when the parachute collapsed.

May 05, 2019 - 1:57 pm

NEW ERA, Mich. (WWJ) -- A West Michigan man has died after a powered parachute crash on Saturday.

Photo: Oceana County Sheriff's Office
The Oceana County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Terrence Dykstra, of Rothbury, Mich., was flying his powered parachute in Benona Township, a little more than 30 miles north of Muskegon, near the shores of Lake Michigan. Authorities say Dykstra's aircraft crashed shortly after 10:30 a.m. 

Authorities say his aircraft was about 25-30 feet off the ground when his parachure collapsed, according to witnesses. A powered parachute, often referred to as a PPC, is a type of aircraft that consists of a parachute with a motor and wheels. Many PPCs operate just a few feet off the ground -- called ground skimming -- but can reach altitutes as high as 10,000 feet. Typical operating heights are between 500 and 1,500 feet above the ground.

Dykstra was taken to Mercy Health - Lakeshore Campus, where he died from his injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were contacted by the sheriff's office and called to the scene. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

Authorities say no other passengers were involved in the crash and no one was injured on the ground.