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Fatal Ultralight Crash Victim Identified; Friends Speak --Mikayla Lewis

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Wilson County, TN--An Ultralight vehicle crashed in southwest Wilson county around 11 A.M today.  Wilson County Sheriff Office responded  and found one person dead.  The victim's name is David "Bucky" Carter.

Will Clegg, 10-years-old, and his friend, Ethan were playing outside their homes on Edwards Road near Salem Drive, when they saw Carter in the ultralight.

Clegg says, "Sounded just regular, like flying around and all we just heard was 'kaboom'... really loud."

The boys say they ran to the flight vehicle to see if they could help in any way.

Clegg explained, "We went over there and and checked and  he wasn't moving so we checked his pulse and he didn't move."

Despite their efforts, the pilot and owner of the ultralight passed away.
Sheriff  Robert Bryan says the victim of the crash is 61-year-old David S. Carter, who took off from Lawicki Field nearby.

Sheriff Robert Bryan said," The information that we are getting is that he is an experienced pilot of this type of ultralight and flies a lot for several years.You never know what could've happened while he was up in the air."

Carter served as the secretary of the Middle Tennessee Ultralight Group, according to their website. Family and friends called Carter, "Bucky."

Friend, Anyta McDonald described Carter as a, "Very smart guy, very funny guy. Very friendly, very personable."

Fox 17 employee, Anyta McDonald met Carter 20 years ago when they both worked at Opryland, doing audio visual work. She says Carter loved to fly, and she is shocked. What saddens McDonald and many other friends is...

Anyta McDonald said, "My heart goes out to his new family. I never got to tell Bucky congratulations, because he just got married, he's got a new bride and a family and my heart breaks for them."

Bucky Carter married his wife just a couple of months ago, according to friends.

The crash is under investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the accident, and also responded to the scene. The FAA says that because ultralight vehicles are not categorized as an aircraft, the investigation will remain under the sheriff's office.

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