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'Flying Car' Crash: Homemade Contraption Goes Down, Injuring 2

By    |   Thursday, 23 October 2014 02:43 PM

A "flying car" crashed near Florida's Dunellon Airport Tuesday, leaving two people with minor injuries.

The crash involved a Maverick Flying Car developed by missionary Steve Saint to make it easier to work in remote locations, Fox News reported. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board won’t investigate because the vehicle isn’t considered an aircraft, according to a sheriff's office statement.

However, as Fox pointed out, a photo released showed that the vehicle, which looks like a car attached to a parachute, has an FAA aircraft registry number.

"This homemade vehicle managed to make flight with two people inside but then crashed and caught fire," Fox quoted the sheriff's office statement.

The Maverick Flying Car is a product of Saint's company, I-TEC, and on its Facebook page is described as "an easy-to-operate air, land, and snow craft. It is intuitive and safe to fly, drive, and maintain."

I-TEC is located at Dunellon Airport, where the crash occurred, Tampa's Fox affiliate reported.

The two people injured in the crash have not been identified.

In 2010, Christianity Today reported that Saint received a paralyzing injury when he was test piloting an "experimental wing mounted to a vehicle."

CT quoted from I-TEC’s Facebook page at the time: "Steve was conducting a test on a small aluminum airfoil mounted on a rolling test stand when it became unmounted and struck Steve in the head causing cuts to his head and resulting in whiplash. Currently, he has very limited movement capabilities in his arms and legs. Doctors suggest surgery in a few days to help relieve swelling around his spine."

Another Maverick car crashed in 2013 in British Columbia, and AVWeb put together a video using on-board cameras to determine what happened. 

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