Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Retired state trooper dies in ultralight crash

by Chris Schultz

August 30, 2012

WALWORTH TOWNSHIPó A retired Wisconsin state trooper died Wednesday after his ultralight aircraft went down in a cornfield alongside Big Foot Air Field, W7145 Beloit Road, town of Walworth.

About 8:30 a.m. Aug. 29, Walworth County Sheriff's deputies and Walworth Fire and Rescue units were called to Big Foot Air Field on the report of an ultralight crash.

John C. Evans, 61, of Darien was the sole occupant of the craft.

According to a sheriff's department release, Evans was conscious when deputies arrived on scene and gave a brief statement.

An ultralight is a single- or two-person aircraft, which is flown for short distances at low altitudes.

Walworth County Sheriff's Capt. Scott McClory said Evans reportedly told rescuers that there was nothing mechanically wrong with his craft, but that he believed he was having a heart attack.

Witnesses told rescuers that the craft had just got off the ground when it banked right and went into the corn field adjacent to the grass runway, McClory said. He added that reports from the accident indicate that Evans was suffering from no broken bones or other trauma, indicating that the ultralight was probably close to the ground when it went down.

After Evans was removed from the craft and placed into the ambulance he lost consciousness, a sheriff's department statement said. Flight For Life was called but subsequently cancelled as Evans died at the hospital prior to their arrival.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted. Because an ultralight does not have a tail wing number, it is not a plane by definition and therefore not investigated as a "plane crash."

An autopsy will be performed later this week to determine the exact cause of death.