MINEOLA, TX (KLTV) - Emergency crews responded to an aircraft crash Thursday morning in Wood County.
According to KMOO, an ultralight aircraft went down just west of Mineola-Wisener Field Airport around 8:30 a.m.. One person is dead as a result of the crash.
A witness at the scene of the crash, who has asked not to be identified at this time, told KLTV's Laura Sadler that he saw the ultralight take off and crash. The witness said the ultralight was headed south on takeoff, then veered right. He seemed to get control of the aircraft, but then descended again. Pilot then increased throttle, according to the witness, and climbed about forty feet, banked sharply to the right and hit a tree with the right wing. When the wing hit the tree, it sent the ultralight spinning out of sight behind trees. The witness says he then heard a loud crash.
The witness said he drove over to the area where the ultralight went down, jumped over a fence, and found the driver. He says he was unconscious and not breathing, and that the pilot's back and helmet were on fire.
The man pulled the pilot from the wreckage, took his helmet off of him and rolled him to put out the flames, he said. He attempted CPR. He had also called 911 for help.
The witness said he feels that the parachute system that was on the ultralight would not have helped at the low altitude the pilot had reached.