A 52-year-old Connecticut man has died following crashing his ultralight plane into a corn field near the Ellington Airport on Sunday morning, according to state police.
The crash was reported shortly after 10 a.m. short of runway 19 at the airport, officials with the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Police told Eyewitness News the pilot was flying just above the trees when he took a turn.
"The helicopters circle in their normal loops, the planes go off and people jump and it's fine," said John Mackintosh, who lives near the airport. "But there are times that these things happen. A few years ago a guy died in a parachuting accident and now this and yesterday there was a close call, a guy almost crashed with a jump plane."
A Life Star emergency helicopter was called to the scene and took the man, who was later identified as Adam Curtis of Enfield, to area hospital, where he passed away, police said.
Police said ultralight planes don't need to be registered and the one that crashed Sunday was not. Investigators told Eyewitness News you also don't have to be a licensed pilot to fly one.
During the investigation, FAA officials along with police shut down the airport for a few hours. Police found nothing wrong with the plane.
Police told Eyewitness News Curtis was keeping that plane here at the Ellington airport for the past week and a half or two weeks.
The airport reopened Sunday afternoon.
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