Saturday, March 24, 2012

Ultralight crashes near DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney H Taylor Field (KDED), DeLand, Florida

Photo credit:  Debra Ray

Volusia County officials say no one was seriously hurt in a plane crash in the DeLand area Saturday morning.  The crash happened near DeLand Municipal Airport on Marsh Road around 10:30 a.m.  The Volusia Sheriff's Office said the aircraft was a  ultralight carrying two people, and both were uninjured.

Two people walked away uninjured after their ultralight crashed near the DeLand Municipal Airport earlier today, a Volusia County Fire Services official said.  The homemade aircraft was returning to the airport about 10 a.m. when it lost power and crashed into trees less than half a mile east of the airport, Fire Services Division Chief Scott Smoak said.

It wasn't clear if the ultralight had a mechanical problem or was low on fuel but the pilot was able to deploy the plane's parachute before going down off Marsh Road, Smoak said. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted, Smoak said, but will not investigate because there were no injuries nor fuel hazards.

The pilot was able to get the ultralight out of the trees and returned this afternoon with a trailer to tow it away, Smoak said. 

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