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New Details On Ultralight Emergency Landing In Odessa

ODESSA -- "It's highly recommended that you receive at least some training prior to taking off on your own," Eric Horton, a flight instructor for OmniAero.
ODESSA -- "It's highly recommended that you receive at least some training prior to taking off on your own," Eric Horton, a flight instructor for OmniAero.

Details still unclear why this ultralight went down in field near 87th and holiday in Odessa.

So, if he did it without, yeah he didn't break the rules but he took his life into his own hands on that situation."

The Department of Public Safety tells me Caleb Pietsek walked away from this rough landing unharmed but, it could have been worse.

His ultralight aircraft was not FAA certified.

Not against the law but, Horton explains to me there are still rules that must be followed.

"It cannot fly over cities or what's considered congested areas. The NTSB has pretty much, five or more buildings in a small area is now almost being considered congested.

Today, I learned from DPS that Pietsek was experiencing engine failure.

And since the aircraft is not FAA certified, it does not require a pilot's license.

"Airplanes are not necessarily safe for people who don't know what they're doing. Just like you have no business driving a car without a license. You really don't have any business in the air without at least some training to know what to do."

Horton compares flying an ultralight to riding a bike, something you can do without license.

"Because they are so light, they are very influenced by West Texas weather. And West Texas will really wake you up when it comes to shaking you in the air."



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