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Two fatal aircraft incidents over the weekend

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 30, 2013 7:09 AM
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(East Berlin) -- Authorities in central Pennsylvania say an elderly man died in the crash of an ultralight aircraft over the weekend.

Officials in York County say the plane went down at Shreveport North Airport in Washington Township just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

Coroner Barry Bloss said 80-year-old James Wardrop of Dover was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma about three hours later at York Hospital.

The privately owned airstrip near Wellsville has frequently hosted gatherings by regional ultralight clubs. State police are investigating. The Federal Aviation Administration defers investigation of ultralight crashes to local law enforcement.

In Columbia County, a helicopter pilot is dead after officials say he walked into the aircraft's spinning rotor while giving rides at Pennsylvania's largest fair.

Organizers say 69-year-old Carl Enlow died after being hit by the rotor Friday night at the Bloomsburg Fair.

The fair's superintendent of police and parking says the helicopter was refueling when Enlow went back to speak to the pilot who relieved him.  Bill Barratt says Enlow's hat blew off his head and he was struck by the rotor when he reached for it.

Barratt says Enlow was an experience pilot had been flown helicopters in the military.

Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn tells says the Birdsboro man's death is under investigation. He did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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