McMinn County man killed in air crash in Polk County

A man died in this ultralight aircraft crash in Polk County.
A man died in this ultralight aircraft crash in Polk County.
photo A man died in this ultralight aircraft crash in Polk County.

BENTON, Tenn. -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a fatal crash involving an ultralight aircraft near Benton.

Media outlets report that the crash happened Saturday at the Chilhowee Gilderport, killing pilot Gary Church. Sheriff Steve Ross says the two-seater aircraft went down around 12:30 p.m.

Witnesses say the glider hit a patch of air causing it to veer and then crash into the ground. A group of bystanders attempted to help save Church before first responders arrived.

The FAA says it will release more information once the details are finalized. Church's body was sent to Nashville for an autopsy.

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