CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The FAA said it plans to investigate a crash involving an ultralight aircraft near the Clay County Airport in which a pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
The FAA said the crash occurred at approximately 4:35 p.m. Wednesday. Only the pilot was on board.
The FAA sent WTWO the following statement at 8:00 p.m.
A single-engine Eipper Quicksilver crashed near Brazil Clay County Airport in Brazil, Ind., around 4:35 p.m. local time today. Only the pilot was on board. The FAA will investigate.Federal Aviation Administration
Clay County Emergency Management Director Robert Gambill said the initial call came from a pilot with “Air-evac” who are stationed at the airport. Gambill said a pilot witnessed the event and was able to immediately respond to assure the crashed pilot was ok. The pilot of the aircraft was taken by private vehicle to a local hospital to get checked out. Gambill described any injuries as non-life-threatening.
Due to being an ultralight aircraft, the vehicle didn’t carry much fuel on board according to Gambill, and what was in the tank was automotive gas as opposed to airplane fuel. Gambill credited local fire officials with being able to quickly stop any leaks in the fuel tank and said what initially leaked was insignificant.
As of 3:30 p.m. crews were awaiting word from the FAA, to determine if they could finish cleaning up the scene or if they would need to stand by while an investigator was sent out.