Report: Pilot in Oliver Springs aircraft crash was 'non-certified'

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its preliminary report on an aviation accident that left one person dead in Anderson County on July 13.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as Patrick Scott Lucas, 45, from Morristown. Lucas was the only person on board.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, the aircraft was identified as a Quicksilver MX Ultralight Aircraft.

NTSB said Lucas was a non-certified pilot. A witness told investigators that, after it took off the day of the accident, it appeared to "crab into the wind." The witness said the aircraft's wings appeared to be rocking.

Another witness told NTSB that Lucas had purchased the plane several weeks before the accident and they believed Lucas had flown it "once or twice."

NTSB's report said that video dated July 7, 2019 showed two people taxiing in the accident airplane toward the camera. When it came to a stop, a person in the right seat was asked, "what do you think about that?" and the person said "It still...pulls hard to the right."

The glider accident happened about 100 yards from the Oliver Springs Airport Saturday evening, according to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office.

Officials said officers and medical personnel were on the scene of Smith Road in Anderson County.

A WVLT News crew on scene said the medical examiner was there along with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office. The glider appeared to have crashed next to a large field.

Dispatch said the accident was first reported around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The National Traffic Safety Board and the FAA are investigating.

Investigators clarified on Monday that the vehicle was not a "hang glider," but rather a type of unpowered aircraft.

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