South Bend man dies in LaPorte ultralight crash
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS July 21, 2013 5:56PM
Updated: August 23, 2013 6:34AM
LAPORTE — An ultralight aircraft crash in LaPorte County has killed a 36-year-old man.
WSBT-TV and WNDU-TV report the crash Sunday morning in a LaPorte County corn field killed Benjamin Hubbard of South Bend.
The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department says Hubbard had arranged to meet a pilot friend in Plymouth, and when Hubbard didn’t show up, the other pilot went over the ultralight’s flight path and found the wreckage.
Police were first called to the scene at 7 a.m. when a resident reported a plane crash in the area of Division Road and 600 East. Responding deputies cleared the area, however, when they could not find evidence of a plane crash.
Police were called back to the site around noon, when the friend used a cell phone to report the crash. The wreckage was more than 200 feet south of Division Road and east of 600 East, in a corn field with plants as tall as six to ten feet.
The friend remained in the air, circling the site until emergency responders could locate the wreckage.
The cause of the crash was not immediately clear. The investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Staff writer Matt Mikus contributed to this report.