East Haddam

Small Aircraft Blown Off Runway By Wind in East Haddam

Olivia Drake/Connecticut Fire Photography Association

An ultralight aircraft was blown off a runway in East Haddam Tuesday, prompting an emergency response, according to Connecticut State Police.

Connecticut State Police said the Aerolite 103 Ultralite was idling on the runway at the Goodspeed Airport when a gust of wind apparently lifted it off the ground. The plane crashed on airport property without hitting anything.

Fire officials said the pilot reported the plane malfunctioned and took off due to the wind. The pilot was treated on scene for minor injuries.

Firefighters stopped leaking fuel by removing the plane's fuel tank.

The FAA said ultralight vehicles do not require a pilot license or airworthiness certificate to fly and they do not typically investigate ultralight accidents.

Contact Us