Pilot dies after crashing into tree in North Yarmouth

Posted June 25, 2012, at 1:25 a.m.
Last modified July 19, 2012, at 4:21 p.m.

NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — The pilot of an ultralight aircraft died after crashing his plane into a tree in North Yarmouth on Sunday, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

William G. Gaddis, 75, took off from his private airstrip on Mill Road and crashed about 60 feet up in a tree over that same road.

Although onlookers cautioned Gaddis to remain in the plane until help could arrive, he attempted to leave the crash site.

Gaddis fell from the tree while still 40 feet from the ground.

North Yarmouth Fire Rescue responded to the scene. Gaddis was taken to Maine Medical Center via a LifeFlight helicopter, where he died from his injuries.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating.

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