HANSON, Mass. -- Plane misses runway, goes down in cranberry bog

A 63-year-old Wareham resident died when his ultralight aircraft crashed Wednesday morning near Cranland Airport.

The pilot was G. Lamar Crittenden Jr., a retired lawyer who lived in the first block of 73 Burgess Point Road.

Police and fire officials responded to the crash about 8:53 a.m.

Hanson police said the craft was apparently attempting to land on the north runway at the airport.

The craft went down about 40 yards from the runway, police said.

The red and orange craft had a single engine and just one seat, according to police.

The state Aeronautics Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the cause of the crash.

An FAA spokesperson, Arlene Salac, said air traffic control was not assisting the craft at the time of the accident.

Crittenden's mother, who lives in Dover, said she was too upset to comment when reached Wednesday night.

Cranland Airport opened about 50 years ago as a private airfield for crop dusters servicing the area's cranberry bogs. Today, it is privately owned by Dennis K. Burke of Pembroke and Peter Annis of Halifax, and it is open to commercial use.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.