Saturday, July 23, 2016

Unregistered Ultralight Trike: Accident occurred July 23, 2016 at Foothills Regional Airport (KMRN), Morganton, Burke County, North Carolina

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Charlotte FSDO-68

Date: 23-JUL-16
Time: 21:22:00Z
Regis#: UNREGISTERED
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Serious
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
City: MORGANTON
State: North Carolina

UNREGISTERED ULTRALIGHT TRIKE ON TAKEOFF, NOSE DIVED INTO TERRAIN, MORGANTON, NORTH CAROLINA.


BURKE COUNTY, N.C. —

Emergency crews in Burke County told Channel 9 they responded to an ultralight plane crash Saturday evening.

Officials were called to Foothills Regional Airport in Morganton just before 5:30 p.m. where the plane apparently crashed just off the runway.

Witnesses said the plane stalled shortly after takeoff, before crashing.

The ultralight was heavily damaged and state troopers said the pilot, 20-year-old Jamie Lee Harris, of Newland, was the only person on board. He was transported to the hospital with injuries to his arm and leg.

Troopers said Harris was wearing a helmet during the flight, and that he had put the ultralight together Saturday afternoon at the airport.

Story and video:   http://www.wsoctv.com

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