Rothbury man dies following paraglider crash.

May 4, 2019

Rothbury man dies following paraglider crash.


BENONA TOWNSHIP – Terrence Dykstra, 63, of Rothbury died Saturday, May 4, as a result of injuries sustained after the paraglider 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.

The aircraft is a Destiny motorized paraglider.

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

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