Jun 11

Local pilot escapes injury after ultralight crash

The 53-year-old pilot of an Ultralight escaped injury when he guided the plane to a soft landing in some trees near the Gilliam-McConnell Airfield in Carthage. Mark Olsen says he was on a short circling test run when his engine lost power. Carthage Police Chief Chris McKenzie says he was searching for the downed plane when Olsen came walking out of the woods, talking on his cell phone. McKenzie says he got a 9-1-1 call that someone living on Dowd Road saw the ultralight slowly falling. The plane, which ended up in the forest canopy, was being removed piece by piece. An ultralight is an open-air single-seater sometimes constructed of wood and fabric with low flight speed and low fuel capaci8ty. It is used for sport and recreation. A Pilot’s license is not required.
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