A fatal plane crash in St. Landry Parish Wednesday left two men dead. Now the FAA is trying to figure out what may have caused the aircraft to crash near a levee.
Investigators tell us the plane involved in the crash is a single-engine Quicksilver Ultralight. To fly that you have to have a sports pilot license.
Ryan Owens, who owns Owens Flight Training in New Iberia, teaches people to fly everyday. Anytime there’s a deadly crash like this one it hit close to home. It’s something every pilot trains for but hopes to never face.
Owens says, “This is a risk that comes with being a pilot, but we train and practice emergencies and we train for all of these instances in case there is an emergency.”
You can’t fly a Quicksilver Ultralight without experience.
Geoff Thistlthwaite is a local pilot who has experience flying similar aircrafts. He says, “It’s a minimum of 20 hours flight time, along with 15 hours of dual time, 5 hours of solo, 2 hours of dual cross country, 1 solo cross country flight.”
Owens says that’s not all. “You have to take a written test and then you take a practical test with the FAA.”
Accidents do happen. Both pilots say this doesn’t have to deter others from flying high.
Thistlthwaite says, “It’s just like driving a car like owning a firearm get the instructions and get the training to operate one of these vehicles. It can be safe but it can be dangerous.”