Ultralight Pilot Walks Away from Crash

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
By George Hatcher

On January 21, 2013, a Rotax 447 ultralight was flying, clipped treetops and crashed after takeoff.

The pilot, Randy R. Roman took off at 2:45 pm and shortly later crashed on Mendoza road in Manatee County.

The pilot was uninjured but the ultralight was a total loss. After crashing his homebuilt ultralight, reports say Roman called his wife and asked for his toolbox, without letting on anything was out of the ordinary.

He attributed his crash to “the corrosive effects of ethanol in his fuel caused…the fuel cap to flake off into the tank and plug a fuel line.”

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