Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Aeros Venture, N43865: Fatal accident occurred July 23, 2018 near Huron County Memorial Airport (KBAX), Bad Axe, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleville, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bad Axe, MI

Accident Number: ANC18LA057
Date & Time: 07/23/2018, 1645 EDT
Registration: N43865
Aircraft: AEROS Venture
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 23, 2018, about 1645 eastern daylight time, a Aeros Venture, weight-shift control, light sport experimental category airplane, N43865, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control during an apparent emergency landing on a rural roadway about 1 mile west of the Huron County Memorial Airport, Bad Axe, Michigan. The pilot died at the scene. The light sport airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules flight when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from the Huron County Memorial Airport about 1642, and it was destined for the pilot's home located about 1.5 miles northwest of the airport.

During on scene and subsequent telephone interviews with three aviation safety inspectors from the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) East Michigan Flight Standards District Office, witnesses consistently reported seeing the accident light sport airplane in a spiraling, descending turn as it maneuvered towards the rural roadway. As the light sport airplane continued to descend and neared the roadway, the wings momentarily leveled, and it immediately became inverted. The witnesses said that as the light sport airplane began to recover, it struck a tall stand of trees that bordered the rural roadway, sustaining substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

According to a family member, the pilot recently purchased the accident light sport airplane, which required that it be disassembled and trailered to his home. The family member reported that the accident flight was either the pilot's first or second flight since the purchase. FAA inspectors confirmed the accident flight was the pilot's second flight of the day in the accident airplane.

The light sport airplane was equipped with a Volkswagen 1830 series engine.

A preliminary postaccident examination of the engine and airframe, by three FAA airworthiness aviation safety inspectors, revealed no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. A detailed wreckage examination is pending.

The closest official weather observation station to the accident site was located at the Huron County Memorial Airport, about 1 mile to the northeast. On July 23, 2018, at 1635, the station was reporting, in part: Wind 070°at 3 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; ceiling and clouds, 3,500 scattered, 4,200 scattered, 4,800 scattered; temperature 79° F; dew point 66° F; altimeter 29.91 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AEROS

Registration: N43865
Model/Series: Venture
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions

Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBAX
Observation Time: 1635 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bad Axe, MI (KBAX)
Destination: Bad Axe, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 43.780556, -83.000556 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

Trever Engler
March 7, 1974 - July 23, 2018

Trever Alan Engler, 44, of Bad Axe, passed away on July 23, 2018. 

He was born in Bad Axe on March 7, 1974.  His parents are Alan Engler and Nora Hoyt. 

He graduated from Bad Axe High School in 1993. 

On April 27, 2001, he married the love of his life, Brenda Wehner at St. Columbkille Catholic Church. 

Trever loved life and lived it to the fullest.   He was a member of numerous aviation and civic organizations.  He was the pilot for Gemini Group for twenty-two years.  In his spare time, he loved spending time with his family, driving and flying his girls around to soccer tournaments, running, cycling, swimming, and lifting weights.   

Trever is survived by his wife, Brenda Engler of Bad Axe; his two daughters, Alayna and Callie; his father, Alan Engler and his wife, Ellen of Bad Axe; his mother, Nora Nowak and her husband, Chet of Toledo, Ohio; and his sister, Shelly Machrowicz and her husband, Tad of Ortonville.  He is also survived by his father and mother-in-law, Dale and Janet Wehner of Bad Axe; his brothers-in-law, Brent Wehner and his wife, Dawn of Bad Axe and Brad Wehner and his wife, Rebecca of Linwood; along with many nieces and nephews.  His beloved dog, Macy will miss him greatly. 

Funeral service for Trever will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at St. Columbkille Church in Ubly with Fr. Charles Hammond officiating.   Burial will follow at Colfax Township Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at the MacAlpine Funeral Home in Bad Axe and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered to the Thumb Animal Shelter in Elkton or to donor’s choice. 

Condolences can be shared at

Trever Engler

HURON COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -  Deputies have identified a Mid-Michigan man killed after his aircraft crashed along a road.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Department was called to the scene of a reported paraglider crash on Bad Axe Road near McKenzie Road in Colfax Township on Monday about 4:43 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they found an Aeros Venture aircraft had crashed into trees along the road.

The cockpit of the craft was stuck in trees about 25 feet off the ground.

The pilot, identified as 44-year-old Trever Engler of Bad Axe, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said Engler was a highly experienced and accomplished pilot with a commercial pilot rating. He was also licensed on jets and helicopters.

"What a terrible loss," said Bill Cleland. "When I heard that Trever was in a hang gliding accident and perished that was just a huge loss for the community. Just a nice young guy, nice young family."

Engler worked as the main pilot for Gemini Group for more than 20 years. Employees at the company said this is a hard time for everyone.

Cleland said he can see why so many people are having a tough time with this sudden loss.

"Just his personality. It was kind of a can do attitude. He was always a nice guy, always did things for other people," Cleland said.

Cleland spoke to TV5 hours after saying goodbye to his mother. While he is mourning that loss, his heart aches for Engler's family.

"I just lost my mother this morning at 79 and that's a loss, but this is a true tragedy at 44-years-old," Cleland said.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board are continuing to investigate the crash.

Story and video ➤

BAD AXE — Officials have identified the man who died in a local aircraft accident Monday as Trever Engler, 44, of Bad Axe.

The Huron County Sheriff's Office, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board this morning are continuing the investigation into the cause of the crash, according to a news release the sheriff's office issued.

Deputies were called to the scene of a reported paraglider at 4:43 p.m. Monday on Bad Axe Road near McKenzie Road in Colfax Township.

"When Deputies arrived, they found an Aeros Venture aircraft had crashed into trees along the roadway," the release states. "The cockpit of the aircraft was stuck in trees approximately 25 feet off of the ground. The pilot of the aircraft was identified as 44-year-old Trever Engler of Bad Axe. Engler was pronounced deceased at the scene."

The Huron County Sheriff's Office was assisted on the scene by the Bad Axe Area Fire Department, Central Huron Ambulance, and the Huron County Medical Examiner's Office.

Original article ➤

1 comment: