- Associated Press - Monday, July 17, 2017

EASTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities say one person suffered serious injuries in an ultralight aircraft crash in Connecticut.

The Eastford Fire Department was dispatched to a private airfield in the northeastern Connecticut town at about noon Sunday for reports of an injured person.

Rescue units were directed by a witness to a wooded, swampy area about 500 feet past the end of the runway.

The aircraft’s occupant was removed from the wreckage and taken by medical helicopter to Hartford Hospital.

State police identified the victim Monday as 52-year-old Christopher Arel, of Hebron.

Police say Arel was performing ground tests when a gust of wind lifted the aircraft into the air.

State police are investigating.


This story has been corrected to show delete reference to state Airport Authority involved in investigation.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide