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Pilot Killed After Small Plane Crashed in Buchanan County, MO

A small plane crashed in a corn field in Buchanan County, Missouri, on December 2nd.

Authorities said the ultralight plane went down near St. Joseph.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the crash. He was later identified as Randal K. Reynolds, 65, of St. Joseph.

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Pilot Killed after Small Plane Crashed near Hesperia Airport, CA

A small plane crashed near Hesperia Airport, California, on March 7th.

Authorities said the ultralight plane went down near the north end of the airport.

The pilot, who was the only one aboard, was killed in the accident.

He was later identified as Robert Alexander, 55, of Hesperia, California.

The incident is being investigated.

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Ultralight Plane Crashed in Australia; 2 Killed

An ultralight aircraft crashed at the runway of Hedlow Airstrip, near Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, on the afternoon of November 25.

According to sources, 2 people lost their lives in the crash.

The Queensland Ambulance Service and firefighters responded at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Pilot Killed as Ultralight Plane Crashes in Australia

An ultralight plane crashed south of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, on November 29.

Authorities said the plane was taking off from an air strip in Woodstock when it experienced some difficulties and went down.

The pilot, who was the only aboard, was killed in the crash.

The incident is being investigated.

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Pilot Walks Away After Ultralight Plane Crashed in Maine

UltralightAn ultralight plane crash-landed in woods off Porter Road, Fryeburg, Maine on the afternoon of August 23rd.

The single-seater Aerolite 103, flying from Leavitt Airport, New Hampshire, crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Eastern Slopes Regional Airport, Fryeburg, due to engine failure.

The pilot, a 56-year-old Pennsylvania man, remained unharmed.

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Ultralight Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Florida

An Ultralight plane made an emergency landing in a field near 1991 West Plymouth Avenue, Florida, on the morning of July 29.

The single-engine plane, with 2 people aboard, had to land in emergency after it lost fuel pressure.

The pilot, identified as Patrick O’Brien, and his passenger remained unhurt. The aircraft sustained minor damage.

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Pilot Injured after Ultralight Plane Makes Emergency Landing in British Columbia

An Amphibian Ultralight plane had to make an emergency landing at Highway 91 in Delta, British Columbia, Canada, on April 22.

The plane was flying from King George Airpark when the pilot noticed that it had lost power and decided to make an emergency landing.

The 49-year-old pilot sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was shifted to hospital.

The highway was reopened for traffic some two hours after the incident.

Pilot Killed in Ultralight Plane Crash Near Petaluma Airport

UltralightAn ultralight aircraft crashed near Petaluma Municipal Airport in Sonoma County, California, on the afternoon of April 3.

The pilot was killed in the accident. His identity was not immediately released.

FAA spokesperson Ian Gregor confirmed the incident, saying that the experimental Quicksilver MXL II aircraft went down under unknown circumstances.

The aircraft is registered to a Petaluma man.

The NTSB and the FAA are investigating.

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Small Plane Crashed in Central Israel; 2 Killed

SmokeAn ultralight plane crashed near an amusement park in Rishon Lezion, central Israel, on the morning of January 25.

The plane crashed and caught fire at the airstrip while the pilot was attempting an emergency landing.

The pilot and his only passenger were killed in the crash.

Authorities believe that dense fog might have caused the accident.

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Ultralight Plane Crashed in Puerto Rico; Pilot Killed

An ultralight plane crashed into waters in Puerto Rico, along the U.S. territory’s north coast on November 28.

According to the authorities in Puerto Rico, the pilot was flying near Isabela, Puerto Rico, when his plane went down into the ocean.

The pilot’s body was found on Saturday morning. He was identified as Luis Pabon Rivera, 48.

The cause of crash is not known at the moment.

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2 Killed in Monroe County Plane Crash

A Hurricane ultralight plane crashed during at attempt to land at the Monroe County Airport in Bloomington, Indiana, at about 12:45 p.m. on September 18.

There were 2 men aboard at the time of crash; both of them were killed. Their identities have not yet been disclosed.

According to Indiana State Police Sgt. Joe Watts, one of the men reported a mechanical issue to the Monroe County Airport control tower shortly before 1 p.m. and sought permission for landing. “While approaching the airport from the north traveling south, the plane lost altitude and crashed into a small shed and wooded area behind a residence. The plane was immediately engulfed in flames and there were no survivors,” he said.

The police and the FAA are investigating.

Ultralight Plane Crash at Lowell Airport Kills a Man

UltralightAn ultralight plane offered for sale crashed during its test flight at Lowell Airport, Vergennes Township, near Lowell, Michigan, at about 11:30 a.m. on August 24.

Kent County sheriff’s Sgt. Russ Larson confirmed that a New Mexico man who was taking the test flight in the aircraft owned by a local resident, was killed in the crash. He was identified as Bryan Bowker, 67, of Edgewood.

Authorities said that the plane successfully took off and landed once but crashed during a second take off attempt. Jeff Ostrander, who runs a flight school at Lowell Airport, said, “He had been doing some practicing with the aircraft, taxing up and down the runway to become familiar with the ground handling characteristics…I think what probably happened is a narrow dynamic stall where in the wing is held at such angle to the wind that no longer provides normal lift and airplanes do not fly in that condition.”

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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Ultralight Crashes in Fox River; 1 Dead, 1 Hospitalized

A two-seater ultralight aircraft crashed in the Fox River in Dayton, near Chicago, on June 23.

The pilot, Nicholas Peterson of Arizona, was able to survive the crash; he was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital, Ottawa for treatment. However, his passenger, identified as Jeffrey Carpenter, 50, of Chicago, died and his body was removed from the River next morning at about 6:45 a.m.

The pilot told the officials that the accident happened due to some engine problems in the aircraft.

According to Chief Mick Garrison of Marseilles Fire Protection District, the plane took off from the headquarters of Skydive Chicago, located nearby. He also said, “We believe it happened about 8:30 and the one individual was able to get out of the crash and he later called for help shortly after 10 [p.m.] or thereabouts.”

The FAA along with the sheriff’s office and coroner’s office are investigating the accident.

Missing Small Plane found; Wreckage in Lithuania

After an all night search, a father and his ten year old son missing aboard a Aveko VL-3 Evolution ultralight were found in a marshland near the Lukna river in Paluknys, Lithuania near a wooded area.

The plane went missing after dusk on April 19th and was not found until the 20th. Border guards and reconnaissance helicopters engaged in the search. The rescuers were unable to provide assistance to the victims. Police, aviation, safety experts, and disaster site rescue teams assisted in the search and recovery.

Investigators suggest there was an engine failure and spin, leading to the accident, which occurred along the route where the craft would have turned.

Dalius Aleksandravi?ius was a CEO, a graduate of Stockholm School of Economics and used to work for Met Life.
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Ultralight Plane Makes Uneventful Emergency Landing in Melrose

UntitledA small plane made an uneventful emergency landing on a residential street in Melrose, Florida, on Tuesday April 1.

The incident was reported to the police by a neighbour who saw the plane going down.

The Putnam County Sheriff’s Office confirms that the plane landed on Hotel Street at about 13:30 pm. No one, including the pilot, was injured in the incident and the ultralight plane also remained undamaged.

The pilot told the media that he was landing his airplane on his property, but refused to provide further details.

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Ultralight Emergency landing, takeoff, crash

On January 10, 2013, a Jabiru J200 ultralight piloted Dennis Horn and co-pilot Manfred Scherbius made a successful emergency landing on the beach crashed on takeoff when it stuck the water. The accident occurred on Martins Bay beach, near Warkworth New Zealand. Nobody on the beach was injure, which is a feat, because the beach was crowded with people in a sandcastle competition. On the takeoff attempt, a wing and propeller broke. The pilot and co-pilot walked away from the incident.

Galveston Ultralight Crash Kills Pilot

After 11am near Santa Fe on Oct 8, 2013, Roger Brown’s first flight on the ultra-light 67 killed him. The ultralight plane crashed in Galveston County, tearing the tail off.

Brown took off from his property. According to witnesses, he was looking for somewhere to land when he crashed in an unincorporated area Santa Fe. Brown had radio equipment aboard but apparently had no time to send out a mayday.

The Galveston County Sheriff Office and the Santa Fe police responded to the scene

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Aeroprakt Crashes in Nepal

An Avia Club Nepal Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat crashed in Nepal with two aboard.

The Aeroprakt A-22 Foxbat is an ultralight that was flying out of Pokhara Airport in bad weather.

The plane impacted in a mountain range near Shanti Stupa in Pokhara. Neither the Pilot Stephan Shrestha nor the Chinese tourist Jun Liu survived the impact.

Shrestha was the sports aviation entrepreneur who established Avia Club Nepal in 2001. His pilot training was in Arizona.

Crashed, Stolen, Force Landings on April 1 No Joke

On April 1:

  • A privately owned Reims Cessna F172E with two aboard made an emergency landing in Nome, Norway after an engine failed. Neither of the two aboard reported injury.
  • An Ultralight suffered a mechanical failure in south Surrey, BC crashed and sustained damage. The pilot parachuted out into a field of blueberries, and was injured but survived.
  • The pilot of a Beech J35 Bonanza force landed in a cornfield in northwest Davenport, Iowa after the plane suffered a mechanical failure. THe plane was damaged. The pilot was not.
  • A privately owned Cessna 210H that took off from Bullo River Station with four aboard crashed near Cape Ford in Australia. The bodies of three of the four people aboard have been recovered. Those aboard were 45-year-old electrical contractor Stuart Sceney, his 53-year-old wife Karmi Dunn, and daughters Mekdes, 12, and Kal, 15. A search continues for the wreckage and the remaining passenger. Weather conditions hampered the search.
  • A Cessna 172 Skyhawk went down with engine troubles in Juneau County swamp, Wonewoc, Wisconsin. THe pilot Seth Pripps of Rockford, Ill was uninjured. Firefighters assisted.
  • A Caicos Express Airways Cessna 402C took off from and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and suffered a nose-gear collapse. The plane is registered to Turks and Caicos Islands. The pilot was uninjured.
  • A Cirrus SR22 was reported missing/stolen from Benton Arkansas. It was found abandoned in Casscoe Arkansas. On Monday night, the plane had been scheduled to land at Saline County Airport. When officers approached, the plane took off nearly hitting a deputy.

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Two Lost in Charco Rico Colombia Crash

On Feb 26, 2013, an Aeroclub de Flandes Urraco Millenium Plus took off from Flandes with two aboard, pilot Jorge Orlando Ramírez Velásquez and his daughter Estéfanny Lorena Ramírez Isaza.

Charco villagers heard a crash from the skies into the forest when the plane crashed. Emergency services responded to the scene. The pilot was trapped in the cabin, and his daughter suffered trauma. She had apparently tried to jump from the plane. There were no survivors reported.

Ramirez belonged to belonged to Bogota and the Aeroclub of Flanders. He had been piloting his private plane. His daughter wanted to learn to fly.

The accident took place in Carcorrico, in rural Ibagué, presumably due to weather conditions.

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Ultralight Pilot Walks Away from Crash

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.”

Kestral Hawk Crashes in Thailand, Flying Club Owner Killed

On January 12, 2012, a privately owned Kestrel Hawk took off from Pattaya Airpark with only the pilot aboard and developed an engine fire while aloft.

At 6:30 pm, the pilot crashed in the area of Huay Yai near the Pattaya Dolphin World and Resort.

The ultralight was beyond repair.

The pilot, Mr. Nawaporn ”Neil” Sawaetwong, sustained critical injuries— severe trauma to his legs and arms and a head injury— and was rushed to the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital.

He was President of the Pattaya Pilot Club Association, Owner of the Pattaya Airpark & Pilot Village and C.E.O. of the Fun Flying Thai Air Service Company.

The Thai Civil Aviation Authority is investigating.

Ultralight Crashes in Tas

On January 11, 2013 at 10:10 a.m., an Australian Lightwing GR 912 was in Yorktown Tasmania. The plane, an ultralight, took off and nosedived in a vineyard next door to the airport, killing the sixty-five year old pilot.

The cause of the crash on a West Tamar property off Bowens road, just north of Launceston has not been determined.

The Beaconsfield police responded to the scene.

Trike Crash in Western Cape

On January 10, 2013, a Windlass Aquila Trike en route from Wintervogel Airfield with an instructor and student pilot took off on a training flight. Bystanders reported that the pilot turned back toward the airputt but crashed and caught fire.

Wintervogel is a private airfield near Klipheuwel in the Western Cape. The pilot was reported to be German, and the passenger from Tableview.

Paramedics and an emergency team responded to the scene but there were two fatalities.

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