Man Who Crashed Ultralight in Huntley Died

From the Huntley Police Department:

Downed Huntley Ultralight plane.

The operator of the ultralight has passed away and is identified as James W. McCulla Jr., age 54, of Huntley, Illinois.

An autopsy is scheduled for April 5, 2021 to determine the cause of death.

The autopsy is being conducted by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office.


Man Who Crashed Ultralight in Huntley Died — 11 Comments

  1. These death traps should be illegal to operate over a populated area.

    You see this one or another one just like it always buzzing low and over houses.

    When will the FAA get some balls?

    Oh yeah, RIP

  2. So sad for the deceased and his family. How tragic. We should all have compassion for the family. But, after this, questions ought to be asked about even allowing these contraptions flying in the sky. Consider the stringent safety standards of our vehicles, cars, suvs, pickups and their crashworthiness and airbags, seatbelts. How does this contrast with apparently little rules to allow flying devices other than well engineered aircraft from Boeing, Lockheed, etc. Does not make sense.

  3. “…other than well engineered aircraft from Boeing…”
    In light of the two crashes that killed several hundred people and grounded the 737 Max for almost two years, categorizing Boeing as “well engineered” is dubious.

    The FAA publishes Advisory Circular AC 103-7 which provides guidance to US operators of ultralights.

    There’s a report available reviewing the NTSB’s investigations of 66 ultralight accident reports way back from 1985-2004 so this crash is nothing new.

    A wall plaque I got after becoming a pilot stated the following which likely applies in this case.

    “Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of carelessness, incapacity, or neglect.”

  4. So, are you folks advocating more government regulation in this sphere ?

  5. A parachute with a motor, what could go wrong ?

    Hopefully this will be a lesson to others who want to
    risk their lives in one of these contraptions.

    If you want to fly, get a real airplane and learn the art of aviation.

  6. Not me, monkeyman. If it weren’t for regulations, we’d have flying cars by now.

  7. I go for neutering the primate, 7 generations of idiocy is enough!

  8. James W. McCulla Jr was the 352nd global paramotor death by my incomplete count.

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