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Cocke Couty pilot killed in ultralight plane crash in Greene County

Staff Report • Oct 13, 2008 at 12:00 AM

The Greeneville Sun is reporting that a Cocke County man was killed about 8 a.m. Sunday when the ultralite aircraft he was piloting crashed on takeoff from Cooper Field, a grass airstrip off Fish Hatchery Road in far western Greene County.

The aircraft, which consisted of a triangular-shaped fabric wing from which a small, three-wheeled cart that carried the engine and pilot was suspended, came to rest nose-first in a cornfield off the left side of the airport's grass runway.

Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services Shift Supervisor William Lane, who also is a deputy Greene County medical investigator, identified the victim as Steve Edward Molden, 46, a resident of Cocke County's Hartford community.

Lane said Molden had apparently moved from Florida to Cocke County in recent years.

A check via the Federal Aviation Administration's Web site of the Sabre Tukan ultralite aircraft's registration number showed it to be registered not to Molden, but to a Mims, Fla., man and to have been manufactured in 1999.

Witnesses said the crash took place during a "fly-in" of ultralite aircraft at Cooper Field that had begun on Friday and was scheduled to end on Sunday.

A number of fly-in participants, including Molden and his wife, were camped at the airfield for the fly-in, witnesses said.

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