Sheriff releases identity of pilot killed in ultralight crash

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Jefferson County Sheriff Travis Allen has released the identity of a 39-year-old McLeansboro man killed in an ultralight crash Tuesday just south of the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport.

Jason Pearson was killed when craft went down around 4 p.m. Tuesday in a bean field approximately 2 miles south of the Mt. Vernon Airport. Pearson was alone on the craft and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies will remain at the crash site until members of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board arrive conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.