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Raleigh grandfather killed after ultralight crash in Harnett County

Posted June 16

— One person died when an ultralight aircraft crashed Friday afternoon near Harnett County JetPort at Pierce Lane.

71-year-old Marshall Thomas Watkins of Raleigh was piloting the craft and was the only person on board.

Maj. Gary McNeill of the Harnett County Sheriff's Office said witnesses saw Watkins' craft hit by a gust of wind as he took off. He tried to correct his path but ended up going down in a nearby field.

Jimmy Dorman, a fellow pilot, said, "It's a bad situation, and it had me worried to death when I heard that it might be some of my friends that hang around here and fly."

Dorman was among a number of pilots to converge on the airfield after the incident.

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