Monday, March 09, 2015

Air Creation GTE 912, N7504K: Accident occurred March 09, 2015 in Spartanburg County, South Carolina

CHESNEE, S.C. —One man is dead after his motorized glider crashed on Monday night in Chesnee, the Spartanburg County coroner said. 

Kelly Lee Easler, a 50-year-old from Inman, was pronounced dead just before 8 p.m., after his glider crashed into trees and came to rest 80 feet up, Coroner Rusty Clevenger said. The crash happened at the intersection of Blalock Knoll Way and Fosters Grove rd.

Clevenger said that Easler tried to leap to a nearby limb and fell to the ground, and that the only other passenger on board was rescued by firemen.

The coroner's office is conducting an investigation, but said it doesn't appear the glider crashed because of mechanical issues.

The pilot of an ultralight airplane died after he crashed into a tree near Mayo Monday evening.

Firefighters went to Fosters Grove Road and Sandy Ford Road around 6:50 p.m. after the aircraft crashed into a tree 80 feet in the air.

Kelly Lee Easler, 50, of Woodsong Drive in Inman, tried to leap to a nearby limb after the crash, but he fell to the ground, said Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger in a statement Monday night.

Another person was found stuck in the tree with the wreckage and was rescued by “brave and daring firefighters,” Clevenger said.

The tree was near a small airstrip, Cherokee Springs Fire Department Lt. John Alley said.

Firefighters conducted a technical rescue to retrieve the person stuck in the tree. Easler and the other person were taken to Spartanburg Medical Center by ambulance.

Easler was pronounced dead at the hospital, Clevenger said.
After the initial call, Spartanburg’s advanced rescue team was dispatched along with fire departments from Cherokee Springs, Mountain View, Cowpens, Whitney and Boiling Springs fire departments.

Alley stressed his gratitude toward other departments who either helped in the rescue or were placed on standby in the event that additional manpower was needed. “It was flawless,” he said. “It’s considered a technical rescue. There were a lot of things that could have gone wrong that didn’t go wrong.”

Clevenger said his office will continue to identify and interview witnesses to determine more about the crash.

He said there does not appear to be any mechanical malfunctions at this stage in the investigation.

Source: | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) - Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger confirms one person died after an ultralight aircraft crash on Monday evening.

The incident was reported near Chesnee Highway at Fosters Grove Road just before 7 p.m. 

Clevenger said two people were on board the motorized glider when it collided with trees and came to rest 80 feet off the ground. He said one of the people inside reportedly tried to leap to a nearby limb when he fell to the ground. Clevenger said the man died at the hospital. 

Clevenger identified him as 50-year-old Kelly Lee Easler of Inman. 

The second person was rescued by firefighters around 9 p.m. That person's condition is unknown at this time.

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