Marek Mazurek – South Bend Tribune
SOUTH BEND — Multiple police agencies are investigating the circumstances that led to a single-person plane crash-landing near the South Bend Motor Speedway on Monday.
The small, red aircraft crashed and came to a stop at the entrance of the Heather Ridge subdivision off of Grant Road in western St. Joseph County shortly before 4:40 p.m. on Monday.
The plane’s pilot was not injured and no homes or other property were damaged in the crash, according to a release from St. Joseph County police. Investigators with Indiana State Police and the Federal Aviation Administration were also alerted.
Police: Pilot showed signs of intoxication
Police say the pilot, identified as 61-year-old Joseph Krol, failed a sobriety test and was arrested at the scene for operating while intoxicated. Krol is from Mill Creek, Ind., police say.
The FAA defines an ultralight plane as an aircraft weighing under 254 pounds that can carry a single occupant. Beyond the weight limit, the FAA has set few requirements and does not mandate ultralight aircraft be registered or require a pilot’s license for those who fly them.