Sheriff: Fatal ultralight crash apparently ‘freak accident’
KINGSTON — The fatal crash of an ultralight piloted by a Rocky Top man who had recently purchased the motorized aircraft remains under investigation, but authorities say the crash was likely an unusual accident on a windy day.
Brian Donald Bauer, 35, was doing ground maneuvers March 7 when a gust of wind suddenly caused the aircraft to become airborne and veer into power lines before crashing.
"It was one of those freak accidents that occurred," Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
Bauer was doing maneuvers with the Firefly brand ultralight at a private air strip off Wolf Creek Road east of Kingston when the "wind got up under the wings" and picked the aircraft up, Stockton said.
Bauer's girlfriend witnessed the crash, according to a Roane County Sheriff's Office incident report. Bauer was taken by ambulance to Fort Loudoun Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, according to the report.
An official with the National Transportation Safety Board said the board didn't investigate the accident because the aircraft wasn't registered and was too small to meet the NTSB's threshold for such investigations.
Funeral services for Bauer were conducted in Ida, Michigan.
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ULTRALIGHT, UNREGISTERED, CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE 1 PERSON ON BOARD WAS FATALLY INJURED, NEAR KINGSTON, TENNESSEE.
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Fatal
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19