Sheriff’s aircraft crashes

Published 11:31 am Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert and a member of the 21st Circuit Judicial Drug Task Force unit were injured Wednesday morning when the Sheriff’s Department’s powered parachute clipped a tree and crashed on private property near Flomaton.

Sheriff Grover Smith said the two received minor injuries and were transported to D.W. McMillan Memorial hospital.

“Mike’s a very competent pilot,” Smith said. “I think what we’re going to find is he just didn’t take the wind into account.”

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Smith said the hot, humid weather often prevents any aircraft from gaining elevation quickly.

“This is a prime time for marijuana fields,” Smith said. “I think they may have found a couple and were going back to look for them.”