Downstate man dies in plane crash on Beaver Island

Photo courtesy: Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office

BEAVER ISLAND, Mich. (WLUC) - A downstate man has died after a plane crash on Beaver Island.

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, at approximately 7:45 p.m. on December 30.

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 Road.

Donald Stuart Falik, 72, of Charlotte, Michigan, died in the crash. Falik was the pilot of the plane and 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.