UPDATE: Niles plane crash investigation comes to an end

We have new information about the deadly ultralight plane crash in Niles on Saturday. Michigan State Police say the FAA is no longer involved in the investigation. In fact, the FAA investigation is over as of right now.

Sergeant Steve Barker said the FAA surveyed the crash and because the ultralight aircraft did not reach the FAA’s weight limit, it was not registered and therefore they couldn't do anything more. Now it's in the hands of the Michigan State Police.

According to Sergeant Barker an autopsy was completed Sunday and now they are waiting for results.

In the meantime, the investigation is over, unless something comes up in the toxicology report, but they believe it was some sort of malfunction of either the plane's engine or controls.

Chris Mckenna's family was cleaning up the site around 10 Monday morning.

I spoke with Chris's brother Pat who said he too believes that this was not a pilot error.

He says Chris has been flying for over 30 years and always takes the proper precautions before going out, and that includes looking at the weather.

When I asked what kind of guy Chris was, he said he was always happy, always willing to take the shirt off his back to help others and it shows by the feedback we have seen from viewers.

“He was a great man, mentor and friend. Always had a smile on his face and made everyone laugh. He will be greatly missed” says Josh Chupp.

“He was a good man and a long time mason/and friend... My prayers go out to his family he will truly be missed” says Charles Perry.

A lot of love and prayers being sent to this family during a very hard time as you can well imagine.

As of right now, there is no new information on the single engine plane that crashed at the Warsaw Airport after cross winds tipped the aircraft as it tried to land.

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