Ultralight aircraft crashes into Diversion Canal, pilot uninjured _lowres


A small aircraft crashed Tuesday night into the Diversion Canal, but the plane’s lone occupant was not injured.

The ultralight aircraft — essentially a glider with a small motor — crashed into the canal separating Livingston and Ascension parishes shortly before 7:30 p.m., said Allison Hudson, an Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The crash occurred in a portion of the canal near the 1100 block of River Highlands Road, which has a St. Amant address. Livingston sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, but Ascension deputies took over once they realized it was in their jurisdiction, Hudson said.

“The pilot was not injured,” said Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. “In fact, he retrieved the aircraft and took it home.”

Lunsford said the agency will follow up with the pilot for more details about the crash.

Hudson said the pilot brought the plane down after he noticed “something was wrong.”

Emergency crews helped pull the ultralight from the canal, Hudson said.

The pilot had not been identified as of Tuesday night, Hudson said, and it was unclear whether the ultralight was damaged in the crash.

Hudson described the ultralight as “a lightweight single seat aircraft used for sport and recreation.”

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