Delaware councilman injured in Va. plane crash

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) - October 31, 2011

Media outlets report that 49-year-old Vance Phillips of Laurel, Del., broke his back and is in serious condition at the University of Virginia Medical Center after a hard landing on Sunday. Vance is a Sussex County councilman and former Delaware Republican Party vice chairman.

Police say Phillips' three-wheeled North Wing "trike," which is similar to a hang glider, landed too fast and at a steep angle.

Last week Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher accused Phillips of throwing a notebook at his head and kneeing him in the groin during a heated argument at the county's GOP headquarters. The Delaware Attorney General's Office is considering whether to charge Phillips with a crime.

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