Windham homeowner angry about plane's crash

There are 6 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 18, 2009, titled Windham homeowner angry about plane's crash. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

A Chester, N.H., woman remained in stable condition on Wednesday night after her ultralight aircraft crashed into a Windham home Tuesday.

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Hat Trick

Middleboro, MA

#1 Feb 19, 2009
The homeowner has a point...she would have had to have gone over Route 93 at some stage of her flight, it's fortunate the pilot was the only one injured, though I don't think being middle-aged with kids have anything to do with anything...I would say nobody should be flying homemade planes around neighborhoods or highways without proper training.
Amused

Boston, MA

#2 Feb 19, 2009
I'm not usually a fan of government regulation of private conduct, but unless you are flying one of these ultralights entirely on your own property or other private property you have a right to be on or permission to be on, the safety of the public requires that there be some minimum amount of training and some inspection of the equipment for airworthiness before someone flies one. As this case shows, there also needs to be a requirement that the pilot or owner is insured for liability for damage to other people's property.

In fact, since these are not considered "aircraft" what right do they have to fly over private property at all? There's federal legislation that permits licensed aircraft to fly at certain minimum altitude over private property, but that creates an exception to the general rule that landowners own the rights to the airspace above their land. So flying an ultralight over someone's property is no different from driving an ATV over their lawn.
Pilot

Haverhill, MA

#3 Feb 19, 2009
I agree with the homeowner. That woman had no business flying that ultralite at all. Not a very bright family.

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#4 Feb 19, 2009
If she drove a car recklessly into the house she would be charged......but because its an aircraft nothing is gonna happen?
What's to stop this idiot from doing this again?
Hat Trick

Middleboro, MA

#5 Feb 19, 2009
Truth-Speaker wrote:
If she drove a car recklessly into the house she would be charged......but because its an aircraft nothing is gonna happen?
What's to stop this idiot from doing this again?
She'll not be a danger to us for a while, judging by her injuries. Maybe she'll take up alligator wrestling or drunken freestyle motocross next.
Tony

Tewksbury, MA

#6 Feb 19, 2009
I agree w/Amused, there's got to be some kind of regulation-it's a matter of public safety. This family who owned the ultralight must be a fan of the Jackass movies.
Even with regular small aircraft there's some danger, but just a little gust of wind can bring one of these down. I can't believe someone would even attempt this in the winter at all. Another question is who assembled this? Did they go through any checks to see if it's mechanicably suitable to fly? a regular aircraft has to go through a whole series of checks before they'll let it up.
I can't blame that lady who's house was damaged that she's furious. Who knows now how much the insurance will cover. Will the deductibles if any be waved? If they have to sue to get some money back how long will it take for that to happen? The lawyers will probably be the only ones making out in this case. Very lucky nobody was kiled.

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