A Martin man “hadn’t been in the air very long (and) still hadn’t left the airport area” when his ultralight aircraft came down Friday afternoon in Cleveland, according to White County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Scotty Scarbrough.
“He took off and was probably not in the air more than just a few minutes at the most and came down on top of a hangar,” Scarbrough said.
The Sheriff’s Office heard reports after 1:30 p.m. Friday of an ultralight aircraft down on Runway Circle, which is near Mountain Air Park.
Brian Payne, 53, suffered head injuries from the crash and was transferred to Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He was in fair condition in the intensive care unit Monday afternoon, according to hospital officials.
Payne was the only person in the aircraft, according to the White County Sheriff’s Office.
Scarbrough said it is unknown what caused the aircraft to come down.
“Some of the people around there thought he had only had (the aircraft) for a few days, but we don’t know that for sure,” Scarbrough said.