Martha King Dunked In Ultralight


Flight-training icon Martha King might have learned a thing or two about ultralights Wednesday when the aircraft she was aboard flipped over into Shasta Lake in northern California. King, 61, and pilot Dennis Chitwood, 54, were wet but virtually uninjured in the mishap, which occurred near Lakehead, Calif. According to the Redding Record Searchlight, King bruised a wrist but declined medical attention. Sheriffs Deputy Gary Van Dyne told the newspaper that wind knocked the aircraft out of control and it ended up upside down in the lake. Witness Victor Patton watched the plane hit the water. “Something snapped … and the nose [of the plane] went ‘boom’ into the water,” he said. The NTSB has not yet issued a preliminary report on the accident.