Taipei, March 11 (CNA) The pilot of an ultralight aircraft suffered only minor injuries after his plane crashed into a paddy field in Changhua County Saturday afternoon.
The pilot, surnamed Chen, 53, was flying from Yunlin to Changhua, but apparently departed from the designated flight path as a result of strong winds.
A witness surnamed Lee said he was working in a paddy field when he saw the aircraft begin to move from side to side at a height of about three or four-stories from the ground and then lose control, crashing into a nearby paddy field in Pitou Township.
Firefighters said they were alerted about the crash at 4:52 p.m but when they arrived Chen had already been pulled from the aircraft by local farmers. He had lacerations to his head and scratches on his body, but he was still conscious when he was sent to the hospital for observation.
The aircraft, a Storch, was imported from Italy and is the most popular light aircraft in Taiwan. It carries a price tag of about NT$5 million (US$161,067).
(By Wu Tze-hao and Lilian Wu)