63-year-old Rothbury man dies in fatal parachuting crash

May 6, 2019

BENONA TWP. — A 63-year-old Rothbury man has died following a powered parachute crash Saturday morning in Benona Township, according to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was identified as Terrence Dykestra.

The sheriff’s office reported that 911 calls came in around 10:42 a.m., indicating that a powered parachute had crashed on South 56th Avenue roughly ¼-mile north of West Stony Lake Road.

Callers reported to Mason-Oceana 911 that the aircraft was approximately 25-30 feet off from the roadway.

Witness statements indicate that the aircraft was flying low when the parachute collapsed and then crashed.

Dykestra was transported by Life EMS to Mercy Health – Lakeshore Campus where he succumbed to injuries, the sheriff’s office stated.

There were no other passengers involved and no one was injured on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were contacted by the sheriff’s office to investigate and were dispatched to the scene Saturday afternoon, and will take over the investigation.

In addition to the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office, Life EMS, the Shelby-Benona Fire Department, Grant Township Rescue and Michigan State Police all responded to the scene.