Ultralight aircraft crashes in Lancaster County

Posted: March 31, 2013

An ultralight aircraft with one person on board crashed at Smoketown Airport in Lancaster County about 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

The county coroner's office identified the dead man as 30-year-old Michael Blank, but information on his hometown was not available. The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reported Saturday night that the crash occurred shortly after takeoff. The cause of the crash was as yet unknown, pending an investigation at the scene.

Ultralight aircraft are not required to register with the FAA, officials said, and further investigation could be turned over to local authorities.    - Aubrey Whelan

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