Ultralight pilot killed 

A 65-YEAR-OLD man  died yesterday when the ultralight plane he was piloting nosedived on to his brother's West Tamar vineyard.

Ray Phillips was found dead at the scene when emergency crews attended the York Town crash site just after 10am.

 Sergeant Glenn Evans, of Beaconsfield police,  said it was believed that Mr Phillips was an experienced recreational pilot and was alone when he took off from an airstrip on his  property  at Bowen Road,   adjacent to his brother's vineyard.

``Police are still investigating the cause of the crash,'' Sergeant  Evans  said.

``There are a number of factors that we are following up as we speak.

``Obviously we'll consider the aeroplane and we'll consider the pilot himself.''

Sergeant Evans said weather conditions yesterday had been fine, still and clear.

``There is a witness to the crash -  they're being spoken to at the moment.''

He said the fatality would be subject to a coronial inquest and the coroner had attended the scene yesterday.

Mr Phillips's family was not present at the time of the crash.

Crash investigators were still at the scene last night.

Police want anyone with  information on an ultralight plane flying in the York Town area yesterday morning to call Beaconsfield police on 6383 2002 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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