Plane that crashed may have violated rule

July 17, 1996

An ultralight plane that crashed Saturday, killing its pilot, may have violated a federal rule if it carried more than 5 gallons of fuel.

John Harrison, 33, of Frederick County was killed when the ultralight -- a hang glider equipped with a small motor -- fell from a height of between 1,000 and 1,500 feet before crashing in a Carroll County field.

State police said Monday that the craft's original tank carried about 5 gallons of fuel and an extra tank carried another five. Harrison was performing aerobatics, and the craft is said to have been built for straight flying only.

Pub Date: 7/17/96

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