(ORLEANS) – Just before 9 p.m. Monday, Orange County 911 Dispatch received a call reporting that an ultralight had crashed in an open field in the northern part of Orange County.
Officials today released the name of the man who died in the crash as 42-year-old Adam Hill, of Orleans.
Initially, Orange County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the scene and located the ultralight along with one occupant still trapped inside.
Shortly thereafter, Indiana State Troopers from the Jasper Post, EMS and Rural District 2 Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene.
Orange County Coroner Aaron Kemple pronounced the pilot dead at the scene. Due to the severity of the crash, an autopsy was performed this morning in order to positively identify Hill as the deceased.
The Federal Aviation Administration was at the crash site today to investigate the cause of the crash.
National Transportation Safety Board described the ultralight as being “amateur-built.” In the United States, ultralights are described as “ultralight vehicles,” not an aircraft. They are not required to be registered, nor is the pilot required to have a pilot’s certificate.
Indiana State Troopers remained on scene to secure the crash site throughout the night.