Saturday, May 04, 2019

Destiny 2000 Powered Parachute, N65481: Fatal accident occurred May 04, 2019 in New Era, Oceana County, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: New Era, MI
Accident Number: CEN19FA134
Date & Time: 05/04/2019, 1042 EDT
Registration: N65481
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 4, 2019, about 1042 eastern daylight time, an experimental light-sport Alliant Aviation Destiny 2000, N65481, powered parachute, impacted a field while maneuvering near New Era, Michigan. The powered parachute was destroyed by impact forces. The sport pilot sustained fatal injuries. The powered parachute was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight originated from Rothbury, Michigan about 1000.

The accident flight was the pilot's first flight of the year in the powered parachute. The powered parachute had been flying from east to west when it entered a turn to the south. During the turn, the parachute collapsed. A witness located at the next farm field north of the accident site stated he saw the powered parachute fly over his house about 250 feet above ground level. He said the engine sound changed prior to the parachute collapsing. The powered parachute then entered a spiral descent and impacted the ground.

Examination of the wreckage revealed the ground scarring was limited to an area beneath the powered parachute frame. The left side of the frame exhibited greater damage than the right side and was consistent with a left-banked impact with terrain. The parachute did not exhibit any tears externally or internally. All the parachute lines were connected to the frame. Flight control continuity from the parachute to the flight controls was confirmed.

The Tea Time weather station in New Era, Michigan recorded at 1039: winds – north/northeast at 1 mph, gusts - 5 mph. The weather station recorded at 1044: winds – west/northwest at 1 mph, gusts – 5 mph.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N65481
Model/Series: DESTINY 2000 No Series
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFFX, 831 ft msl
Observation Time: 1055 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Rothbury, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 43.564444, -86.418056 (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 

Mr. Terry Dykstra
September 17th, 1955 - May 4th, 2019

Mr. Terrence L. “Terry” Dykstra, age 63, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Savior unexpectedly Saturday, May 4, 2019, in New Era. 

Terry was born September 17, 1955 to Edward C. and Nancy (Hall) Dykstra in New Era, and lived all of his life there. He worked as a fruit farmer on the family farm for most of his life, but also enjoyed working in construction. 

Terry loved camping, riding his motorcycle, making maple syrup, raising Christmas trees with his oldest daughter, and flying his powered parachute, ‘Ida Red’. Most of all, he loved and adored his family. He is survived by Mary, his loving wife of what would have been 41 blessed years on May 23; two beloved daughters and their spouses: Melissa (Chris) Warp, Jessica (James) Bolan. He was a wonderful PopPop to four beautiful grandchildren: Emily, Bjorn, Hunter and Jensen. 

Terry is also survived by his mother, Nancy Dykstra-Jeffries; 3 brothers: Doug (Maureen) Dykstra, Brad (Jan) Dykstra, Dave Dykstra; several nieces and nephews; and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his father Ed, a niece, and a nephew.

A service to cherish and celebrate Terry’s life will be held Friday, May 10, at 11:00 AM at The Lee Chapel, 6291 S. Harvey St., (231) 798-1100. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Thursday, also at the funeral home. Contributions in Terry’s memory may be made to Every Child Ministries and/or Grand Haven Christian School. 

BENONA TOWNSHIP – Terrence Dykstra, 63, of Rothbury died Saturday, May 4, as a result of injuries sustained after the Destiny 2000 Powered Parachute he was operating crashed in a field on 56th Avenue about 1/4 mile north of Stony Lake Road about 10:42 a.m.

Dykstra was transported by Life EMS to Mercy Health Partners Lakeshore Campus in Shelby where he succumbed to injuries sustained from the crash, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

“There were a couple witnesses who watched it happen,” said OCSO Dep. Mike Fillips. Witness statements advise that the aircraft was low flying when the parachute collapsed and then crashed, Sheriff Mast said. The accident investigation will be turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, who were dispatched to the scene following the crash.

Emergency crews responding including OCSO, Shelby-Benona Fire Department and Grant Township First Rescue.

Original article ➤

BENONA TOWNSHIP, Michigan — A 63-year-old Rothbury man died Saturday after his powered parachute crashed in an open field near Benona Township, according to the Oceana County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies with the department responded to South 56th Avenue, approximately a quarter mile north of W. Stony Lake Road, to reports of a downed aircraft that had crashed up to 30 feet from the roadway. When they arrived, they found 63-year-old Terrence Dykstra, who had suffered from life threatening injuries.

Dykstra was transported to Mercy Health's Lakeshore Campus, where he died from his injuries. No other passenger was involved in the crash as Dykstra was the only one injured.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were contacted by the sheriff's office and were still investigating the scene as of Saturday afternoon. The accident remains under investigation. 

Original article can be found here ➤

NEW ERA, Michigan — FAA and NTSB officials have arrived on the scene of a fatal powered-parachute crash in Benona Township.

The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office says in a news release a 63-year-old man from Rothbury was piloting the motorized parachute when it went down on S. 56th Avenue, a quarter-mile north of W. Stony Lake Road.

Police identified the pilot as Terrence Dykstra, and say he was driven by Life EMS ambulance to Mercy Health-Lakeshore Campus in Shelby, where he died. There were no other passengers, and no one was injured on the ground.

According to the news release, “Calls to 911 began coming in at 10:42 a.m. indicating that a powered parachute had crashed…callers to 911 told dispatchers at Mason-Oceana 911 that the aircraft was approximately 25-30 feet off from the roadway. Witness statements advise that the aircraft was low-flying when the parachute collapsed and then crashed.”

The Sheriff’s Office says federal investigators were dispatched to the crash scene late Saturday afternoon.

Original article can be found here ➤

OCEANA COUNTY, Michigan -- A Rothbury man died when a powered parachute crashed in a field, apparently after the parachute collapsed while flying low.

Oceana County sheriff’s deputies identified the man as 63-year-old Terrence Dykstra.

Rescuers responded to the area of South 56th Avenue, north of West Stony Lake Road, about 10:40 a.m. Saturday, May 4 after several people called 911 to report the crash. The location is in Benona Township near New Era and the aircraft was only a short distance off the road.

Rescuers arrived to find Dykstra and took him to Mercy Health-Lakeshore Campus in Shelby but he did not survive his injuries.

Authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash later Saturday.

“Witness statements advise that the aircraft was low flying when the parachute collapsed and then crashed,” according to a sheriff’s department news release.

Original article can be found here ➤

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