Originally Published: June 28, 2010 5:09 p.m.
An 80-year-old man was seriously injured Monday morning when the ultralight aircraft he was piloting crashed near the 4400 block of Middle Valley Road in Camp Verde.
Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies who responded to the call said Robert Worgull of Camp Verde piloted a "homebuilt" type, "Hornet" ultralight airplane.
A witness told deputies he heard a loud banging noise around 8:15 a.m. and went outside to see the plane pass over his house. The man told deputies the metallic noise and low altitude of the aircraft concerned him.
When he saw the plane head for an open field, the man drove his ATV in the same direction, but lost sight of the aircraft until he found the downed aircraft in an open field, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
The man stayed with Worgull until medical help and the deputies arrived, D'Evelyn said.
Camp Verde Fire Emergency Medical Services personnel initially treated Worgull, who was conscious, at the scene, and Native Air flew him to Flagstaff Medical Center for further treatment of his lower body injuries, D'Evelyn said.
Just after 12:30 p.m., Federal Aviation Administration officials arrived to take over the investigation and removed the aircraft from the site, D'Evelyn said.
At 4 p.m., Starla Addair-Collins, spokeswoman for Flagstaff Medical Center, said Worgull was being treated at Flagstaff Medical Center, but could not immediately confirm his condition.