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Ultra-light aircraft crashes

August 18, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A Shepherdstown man suffered minor injuries Sunday when he tried to take off in his ultra-light aircraft and hit a fence along Shepherd Grade Road, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff's Department spokesman.

Earl Jones was trying to take off from a yard located in a sharp curve just north of the entrance to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife's National Conservation Training Center, Deputy R.L. Fletcher said.

The wheels of the aircraft snagged the top of the fence, causing it to flip over, Fletcher said.

Fletcher said Jones was out of the aircraft when he arrived. Jones had minor injuries, including a possible bloody nose and rib fractures, Fletcher said.

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Jones was transported to City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., after the crash, which occurred about 6:45 p.m., Fletcher said.

A hospital spokeswoman would not comment on Jones' condition.

Rescue crews were not at the scene long, and the crash was determined to be accidental, Fletcher said.

The aircraft, which had blue, orange and yellow wings, remained hung up in the fence as police were departing.

Ultra-light aircraft do not have to be licensed and they do not have to be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration, Fletcher said.

Emergency officials contacted FAA officials about the crash, Fletcher said. When FAA officials determined what happened, they told local officials they did not have to get involved, he said.

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