Thursday, October 8, 2009
Man dies when ultralight plane crashes
A Byhalia man was killed Friday afternoon when the ultralight plane he was flying crashed in a soybean field near Olive Branch.
Louis Bassie Jr., 52, died when the aircraft went down at the end of State Line Road off Center Hill Road shortly after 4 p.m., according to The Commercial Appeal. It was near a private, grassy airstrip used by a group of people who fly ultralight planes.
“The plane started spiraling out of control toward the ground and crashed,” DeSoto County Chief Deputy Frank Rainey told Action News 5 television.
Investigators were unsure what caused the pilot to lose control of the approximately 250-pound plane with an open cockpit.
The ultralight, made from a homemade kit, sustained substantial damage, the chief deputy said.
The Federal Aviation Administration had been notified, according to Rainey, but the agency does not regulate ultralight planes.
Funeral services for Bassie were held Monday at The Flame, Byhalia United Methodist Church. His obituary is on page 2 of this week’s newspaper.
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