The pilot of an ultralight plane died Monday night when he lost control of the aircraft in Indiana County, the coroner's office there said today.
Witnesses said Michael Joseph Grguric, 64, of Conemaugh, was practicing "touch-and-go maneuvers" -- repeat take-offs and landings -- when part of his plane touched trees as he was trying to regain altitude, causing him to lose control, according to the coroner's office.
Pennsylvania State Police got a call reporting the crash at 8:19 p.m. near the town of McIntyre in southwest Indiana County.
Mr. Grguric was pronounced dead off McIntyre Road at 9:25 p.m. of injures suffered in the crash, which deputy coroner Jerry Overman ruled an accident.
No autopsy is planned and toxicology tests are pending.
Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration were expected at the crash site this morning.
Firefighters from the Coal Run and Saltsburg fire departments and personnel from the Citizens' Ambulance Service responded.
Lee Purvey: email@example.com First Published June 17, 2013 11:15 PM