Ultralight Aircraft Crash Leaves Maryland Man Dead

On Friday, May 22, 70-year-old Phillip Postelle of Walkersville, Maryland, was killed in an Ultralight aircraft accident. According to authorities, the man and a friend took off from separate ultralight aircrafts on Friday at around 5:30 p.m. from the Hanover Airport.

About a mile from the Hanover Airport, Postelle’s plane fell from the sky, hitting a tree and a fence before coming to a stop. Witness and neighborhood resident Larry Rhoten said that he heard an engine cut off in the distance before the lightweight aircraft crashed a few houses down from where Rhoten lives. A man was lying on a tarp about 20 feet from where the plane landed, but he was not injured. The crash took place at around 8:20 p.m. on Friday evening. Postelle’s friend returned to the airstrip that evening, and began to worry about his fellow pilot when he did not return after sunset.

An autopsy of the airplane crash victim showed that Postelle died of blunt force trauma and that he did not suffer from a medical emergency, such as a heart attack or stroke, in the moments before the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sent officials to examine the aircraft and plane engine on Saturday. In addition, the plane crash will also be independently investigated by both local township and county authorities. The investigation is expected to last one to two weeks.

Postelle, a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association since 2004 and model aircraft builder, was a mathematical scientist and owned a computer consulting company in Rockville.

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