EPHRATA, Wash. - A student pilot and his instructor received minor injuries Monday morning when the ultralight aircraft they were flying crashed near Moses Lake.
Around 9:20 a.m., 9-1-1 calls summoned emergency responders to County Road L-NE just east of Road 4-NE. Student pilot Samuel P. Clark, 58, of La Center, Wash., and instructor Daryl Jackson, 70, of Moses Lake, were flying Clark's ultralight aircraft when the engine experienced trouble. Clark and Jackson attempted to land in a wheat field. The aircraft impacted the ground and flipped onto its top. Fuel then spilled from the tank and ignited. The fire was confined to the aircraft and extinguished by Moses Lake and Grant County District #5 firefighters.
Jackson received burns to his right arm. Clark received cuts and bruises. Both were treated at the scene, and Jackson was taken via private vehicle Samaritan Hospital. Clark declined further treatment.
The Federal Aviation Administration is continuing the investigation.