Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pilot dies when ultralight crashes at Hernando County Airport (KBKV), Brooksville, Florida

BROOKSVILLE --   A pilot died Sunday after an ultralight plane crashed in Hernando County, the second such crash to take place in the same day.

Christopher A. Washington, 50, died when the ultalight he was piloting crashed at the Hernando County Airport.

The Hernando County Sheriff's Office received reports of a small plane going down in the area of the Hernando County Airport at about 11:38 a.m., officials said.

When emergency crews responded, they found an ultralight-type aircraft in flames in a field located in the southeast portion of the airport.

Witnesses said the aircraft took off from the north end of the of the airport, but that once it was about 200 feet in the air, the plane appeared to be struggling.

Deputies said the aircraft then appeared to have stalled, then spiraled to the ground, where it burst into flames upon impact.

This is the second fatal crash involving an ultralight aircraft on Sunday.

The pilot of an ultralight died after his ultralight aircraft became entangled in power lines as it was going down in rural Pasco County, authorities said.

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