Virginian councilman hurt in plane crash

by nph | November 2nd, 2011

November 2, 2011

A 49-year-old Sussex County, Virginia, councilman was in a small sport plane accident on Sunday, according to Delawareonline.com. He is in serious condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, reports hospital public information officer Jason Ellis.

WDBJ-Channel 7 reports that the victim broke his back after trying to land his ultra light plane in Amherst County, Virginia. The pilot was the only person in the plane.

The pilot underwent back surgery Monday morning, said Glen Urquhart, chairman of the Sussex County Republican Party and a close political ally of the man.

An instructor at Buffalo Ridge Air Sports and a Lovington, Virginia, man on the ground witnessed the plane crash.

The three-wheeled North Wing “trike” reportedly made a hard landing just before dusk in a field near U.S. 29 in northern Amherst County, according to a report in the Lynchburg [Virginia] News & Advance.

Virginia State Police Trooper Donald Milton said, “He came in too fast and too steep and he realized it was too late.”

One of the plane’s wings was ripped, the body was damaged, and the landing gear was twisted. “It looked like a total loss to me,” Milton said.

Gary Roakes, communications director for Amherst County, told the News & Advance, “From what it looked like, the aircraft was totaled. [The pilot] was very lucky.”

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