May 26, 2019

Ultra-light aircraft crashes in apple tree

SOUTH HOPE — A Searsmont man, John McCafferty, 27, escaped injury Friday night when his 1980 Phantom ultra-light aircraft crash landed in an apple tree.

Lt. Donald Annis of the Knox County Sheriff’s Department reported that McCafferty had taken off from his home with the small plane and was flying in the area of Alford Lake when a fuel line disconnected, causing the engine to quit. The pilot attempted to land the aircraft in a field. The plane came down about 200 yards away from the field, landing in a tree on the property of Thomas Baum on Alford Lake Road, Annis said.

McCafferty was uninjured, Annis said. Damage to the ultra-light aircraft was estimated at about $600.

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