Man dies after ultralight aircraft crashes in Huntley

Witnesses told police that they saw James McCulla Jr. rise several hundred feet in the ultralight — which police described as “essentially a parachute with a fan motor attached to the operator” — then quickly bank, go into a slow spin and hit the ground, police said.

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James McCulla Jr.’s downed ultralight aircraft

James McCulla Jr.’s downed ultralight aircraft.

Huntley police

A 54-year-old man died after his ultralight aircraft fell from several hundred feet Saturday in northwest suburban Huntley.

James McCulla Jr., of Huntley, was found in the downed ultralight about 6:55 p.m. in an open field behind the Culver’s restaurant at 12950 S. Rt. 47, Huntley police said.

Witnesses told police that they saw McCulla Jr. rise several hundred feet in the ultralight — which police described as “essentially a parachute with a fan motor attached to the operator” — then quickly bank, go into a slow spin and hit the ground, police said.

McCulla Jr. was taken to Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital, where he died, police said.

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