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GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) – A central Kansas man has died after the ultralight aircraft he was flying crashed at Great Bend Municipal Airport.
The Kansas Highway Patrol identifies the victim as 26-year-old Lucas Campbell, of Great Bend.
Investigators and witnesses said Campbell was flying slowly across the airport just after 1 p.m. Tuesday when the single-seat aircraft rose, then nose-dived into a grassy area near a runway.
Campbell was later pronounced dead at Great Bend Regional Hospital.
He was described as an experienced pilot who worked as a flight instructor for an aviation company at the airport.
(KSNW) Lucas Campbell, 26, died Tuesday after an ultralight plane crashed in Barton County according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.
It happened at the Great Bend Municipal Airport around 1 p.m.
The ultralight aircraft crashed in the grassy area between the runway and the taxi way during takeoff.
Campbell was taken to the Great Bend Regional Hospital where he died.
Officials say the aircraft was flying south across the airport at a very slow rate of speed, when the aircraft elevated, then nose-dived and collided with the ground.
Campbell was a flight instructor for Centerline Aviation. According to the company’s website, he learned to fly at Kansas State University at Salina where he got a degree in Aeronautical Technology.