Edgewood man dies testing ultralight being offered for sale in Michigan

Updated: 08/25/2014 3:53 PM | Created: 08/24/2014 1:29 PM
By: The Associated Press

VERGENNES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in western Michigan say that a New Mexico man has died while test-flying an ultralight aircraft that was being offered for sale.

WOOD-TV says authorities have identified the dead man as 67-year-old Bryan Bowker of Edgewood, New Mexico.

Kent County sheriff's Sgt. Russ Larson tells The Grand Rapids Press that the crash happened about 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Lowell Airport. It's in Vergennes Township, just north of Lowell and about 15 miles east of Grand Rapids.

"He told the seller that he had a lot of experience in airplanes like this, not this particular model," Lowell City Airport Manager Jim Sowle said.

Bowker's first takeoff was successful, but the second time he took off, something went wrong.

"All of a sudden, the airplane veered to the right," Sowle said. "God knows what happened at that time."

Larson says the man drove from out-of-state to test the airplane, which an area resident was selling.

Witnesses say he took off successfully once but crashed while trying a second takeoff.

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