A preliminary report on an ultralight crash that killed a former state lawmaker shows the plane struggled to gain altitude.
The April 18th crash killed former state representative Donald Dahl.
The National Transportation Safety Board report shows the untralight made a steep right turn after takeoff but didn't gain altitude. The plane was about fifteen feet off the ground when it collided with a tree. Dahl was ejected from the cockpit. The airplane came to a rest near a pond.
A witness said Dahl assembled the Quicksilver GT400 before the flight. The engine wouldn't start, so the witness said Dahl poured fuel into the carburetor. The witness said the engine didn't appear to be malfunctioning at the time of the crash.