BEAVER ISLAND, MI – At approximately 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, December 30th, 2018, personnel from the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office, Beaver Island Fire Department, and Beaver Island EMS responded to a report of a loud explosion in the area of Peaine Township Airport on Beaver Island.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to assist and after an extensive search, a Piper Fixed Wing twin engine plane was found to have crashed in a heavily wooded area off Buff Kett Rd. with one confirmed fatality.
The pilot of the plane Donald Stuart Falik, 72-years-old, from Charlotte, Michigan, was found dead at the scene of the crash. He was the only person aboard at the time of the accident.
This investigation is active and ongoing by the Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office, the FAA, and the NTSB.