Update: The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has identified the pilot who died in a gyrocopter crash over the weekend.
Larry Franklin Preiss, 75, of Gainesville, was killed after an ultralight aircraft crashed around 1:50 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at 4775 Clarks Bridge Road, according to authorities.
“The aircraft hit powerlines and crashed into a field,” Peter Knudson, spokesperson for the National Safety Transportation Board, said over email Monday morning.
Knudson said a preliminary report is expected in two to three weeks.
Clarks Bridge Road was closed in the hours after the crash.
The aircraft was an AR1 experimental helicopter, according to Eva Lee Ngai, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration. She said Preiss was the only person aboard and no one on the ground was injured.
Previous story: One man was killed after an ultralight aircraft crashed Saturday, March 25, in the 4700 block of Clarks Bridge Road, according to authorities.
Eva Lee Ngai, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the aircraft was an AR1 experimental helicopter and crashed at 4775 Clarks Bridge Road at 1:50 p.m. Only the pilot, identified as a 75-year-old man, was aboard. No people on the ground were injured.
The road near the crash was closed initially.
The victim's body was transported to the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, the Hall County Sheriff's Office said. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
The National Transportation Safety Board and FAA are investigating the incident.