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Two Killed in Crash Of Ultralight Aircraft

September 24, 1985

PROVO, Utah (AP) _ A ultralight plane being demonstrated for a potential ruyer plummeted to the ground, killing its owner and the other man, police said Tuesday.

Bruce O. Yancey, of Roosevelt, had taken Byron Crookston, of Provo, on a flight at 7:30 p.m. Monday, leaving Crookston’s wife and children to watch from the ground, said Provo Police Chief Swen Nielsen.

Witnesses told police the craft crashed into a field one-half mile northeast of the Provo airport after making some difficult maneuvers.

Nielsen said investigators from his department also were told Yancey had made some modifications to the plane which he wanted to test, but observers did not think that had been the cause of the crash.

″One of the witnesses who seemed to be very involved was concerned that the ultralight not be blamed, but rather the manner in which the pilot was flying it,″ he said.

Nielsen said the Federal Aviation Administration had asked to see documentation on the accident but would not investigate because neither ultralights nor their pilots are licensed.

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