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Warrensburg man killed in ultralight plane crash

LAST FLIGHT — An ultralight aircraft, believed to be piloted by Paul J. Van Brunt, flies over the Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market at 5:45 p.m. Friday Oct. 7. Van Brunt’s aircraft crashed about 20 minutes later near his landing field in northern Warrensburg, and he died afterwards due to injuries sustained in the incident.

LAST FLIGHT — An ultralight aircraft, believed to be piloted by Paul J. Van Brunt, flies over the Warrensburgh Farmers’ Market at 5:45 p.m. Friday Oct. 7. Van Brunt’s aircraft crashed about 20 minutes later near his landing field in northern Warrensburg, and he died afterwards due to injuries sustained in the incident. Barbara Whitford

— The Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to family members, Van Brunt had a great love for flying. He had worked for Northwest Airlines and held a private pilot’s license for over 30 years. During that time, he owned many different aircraft and flew to various Caribbean islands, Canada, and many locations in the U.S.

For several years, he had worked as an automobile transmission specialist for Aamco, and had conducted seminars on transmissions and welding, teaching students on the islands of Trinidad, St. Martin, St. Lucia, and Barbados.

The woman witnessing the aftermath of the crash said Van Brunt was an interesting, accomplished man.

“Speedo had quite an engineering mind, and he was a great guy,” she said. “He was a cool guy who was ‘all about’ his sons, and he loved flying. This is quite a loss for everyone.”

Friends may call on Van Brunt’s family from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Oct. 15 at Alexander-Baker Funeral Home, 3809 Main St., Warrensburg.

A memorial service to celebrate Paul’s life will follow visitation at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Sister Linda Hogan, of St. Cecilia’s Roman Catholic Church in Warrensburg officiating.

People may visit alexanderfh.net for more information or to express their condolences.

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