UPDATED: Pilot dies after ultralight aircraft crash

Updated: Monday, August 25, 2014
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LOWELL, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – A man dies after crashing an ultralight aircraft at a Kent County airport.

Deputies say the pilot, 67-year-old Bryan Bowker of Edgewood, N.M., crashed at Lowell City Airport just after 11:30 a.m. Sunday. They say the Bowker had traveled to Michigan to buy the craft. He was the only person onboard.

Witnesses told deputies Bowker took off and landed once successfully. When he took off a second time, they say a crosswind hit the craft, causing Bowker to crash.

A witness who lives near the airport tells Newschannel 3 the impact of the crash made his house rumble.

Deputies say that while the Federal Aviation Administration does not regulate ultralight aircraft, it has been made aware of the crash.

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