Ultralight plane crashes, no injuries

Published 9:53 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2017

OCEAN SPRINGS (AP) — An ultralight aircraft crashed into the back yard of a home near Ocean Springs.

County Emergency Services Director Earl Etheridge told local media that the pilot was shaken, but not injured.

Etheridge said the accident happened Wednesday morning in Gulf Park Estates. The plane apparently hit a fence, but no other residential damage was reported.

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A witness said he was outside talking on the phone when he saw the plane circling overhead. Minutes later, he heard the crash.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said James Hitterman was in the air for about 15 minutes when the plane lost power. Ezell said Hitterman was trying to make it back to the airport but had to make an emergency landing.