Ultralight Aircraft Crashes in Morgan: Two Killed

By  | February 27, 2012 | Filed under: News

Typical Ultralight Aircraft - File Photo

LACEY’S SPRING – An ultralight aircraft crashed Sunday afternoon in Lacey’s Spring, Alabama. The accident happened about 2:30 in the afternoon near the Morgan County community.

Two people, a husband and wife were killed in the crash and resulting fireball. The Morgan County Coroner identified the two people killed as Larry Hicks and Gayle Owen. A witness on the ground said that the plane was flying very slowly and made a sharp left turn just before it nosedived into the ground.

A source told The quad-Cities Daily, that it appears from the witness’s account that the aircraft was flying too slowly and simply stalled. The source said that these typical stall-spin accidents can happen in ultralight aircraft just as easily as in larger, commercially manufactured light planes. “The problem with ultralights, he said, “is that many people who jump into the cockpit and go flying in these things, have little or no training.” He went on to say, that stall-spins are avoidable in most circumstances. While he emphasized that a stall has not been positively identified as to the cause of Sunday’s accident, to him, the evidence points directly to it.

The NTSB is investigating.

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