WAYNE COUNTY, Pa. — In Wayne County, authorities confirm a man died after his personal aircraft crashed in a field.
The personal aircraft went down in a field just off of Route 652 near Beach Lake.
State Police and first responders received a 911 call just before 8 a.m. when the crash was discovered.
According to the Wayne County coroner, 52-year-old Jeffrey Chorba, from the Beach Lake area, died in the crash.
After two hours of investigating the scene, pieces of the aircraft were taken away on a rollback.
We spoke with some people off-camera area who knew Chorba and said they often saw him flying around in his paramotor.
Employees at Cherry Ridge Airport near Honesdale also said Chorba was a paramotor instructor and had a lot of experience with the aircraft.
They also said Chorba took interest in other forms of aviation.
According to a post on his Instagram page, Chorba just took his first flying lesson in an airplane at Cherry Ridge Airport earlier this week.
According to Federal Aviation Regulations, an ultralight vehicle is one that:
- has only one seat
- Is used only for recreational flying
- Does not have a U.S. or foreign airworthiness certificate
- If unpowered, weighs less than 155 pounds
- If powered:
- Weighs less than 254 pounds empty weight, excluding floats and safety devices
- Has a maximum fuel capacity of 5 U.S. gallons
- Does not exceed 55 knots/63 mph airspeed at full power in level flight
- Has a power-off stall speed that does not exceed 24 knots/28 mph airspeed or less
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