EXCLUSIVE: Pilot who walked away from crash talks with KKCO

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

GLADE PARK, Colo. (KKCO)-- A private, ultralite plane went down in Glade Park about 200 yards from where it took off.

Local resident and pilot, Jim Dittrick, walked away from the crash unharmed. He was the only passenger on board.

"He had a scratch on his face and did not want any medical attention," said Heather Benjamin of the Grand Junction Sheriff's Department.

The resident took off from his private runway when a sudden gust of wind altered his flight plan.

"I was airborne and made a left-hand turn to go out over some high lines and was doing all right, but the wind either kicked the wing down, or I lost air speed," said Dittrick.

Dittrick said he was thankful the wind threw him into the pole rather than the live electrical wires.

"No electrical damage to the lines which probably saved me and a few other things," said Dittrick.

Dittrick feels fortunate to walk away with just a scratch, but he wishes he could say the same for his plane.

"Nevertheless it's kind of wadded up into a ball," said Dittrick.

But this mishap is not enough to keep this active, 74-year-old man grounded.

"I'll get something else, but possibly a different one," said Dittrick. "Just got to keep on going."


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