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Spokane man hospitalized after experimental aircraft crashes at Coeur d’Alene Airport

UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 12, 2019

An ultralight-type aircraft crashed at the Coeur d’Alene Airport at about 5 p.m. and a man was trapped inside. The man was extricated, then transported to Kootenai Health in serious condition. He was conscious at the time. (KHQ)
An ultralight-type aircraft crashed at the Coeur d’Alene Airport at about 5 p.m. and a man was trapped inside. The man was extricated, then transported to Kootenai Health in serious condition. He was conscious at the time. (KHQ)
From staff reports

A small experimental aircraft crashed at Coeur d’Alene Airport Friday evening and left a man with serious injuries, according to the Northern Lakes Fire District.

The ultralight-type aircraft crashed at about 5 p.m. and a man was trapped inside, Northern Lakes Fire District Deputy Fire Marshal Chris Larson told KHQ. The man was extricated, then transported to Kootenai Health in serious condition. He was conscious at the time.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Thomas Slotts, 51, of Spokane, KHQ reported.

An initial investigation determined Slotts overturned his aircraft during takeoff and crashed in a field near the runway, KHQ reported. Alcohol and drugs did not appear to be a factor.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified, KHQ reported.

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