2 men injured following powered parachute crash. 

May 30, 2018

Photo courtesy of Manistee County Sheriff’s Office.

2 men injured following powered parachute crash. 

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CLEON TOWNSHIP — Two people were injured Tuesday, May 29, following a powered parachute accident in the 18000 block of Viaduct Road, according to Manistee County Sheriff John O’Hagan. Emergency crews were dispatched to the location about 8 p.m. “Upon arrival, deputies witnessed a multicolored parachute in a tree behind a residence,” O’Hagan said. “There were two occupants, a 49-year-old male from Copemish, who was still in the pilot’s seat of the aircraft, and another male subject, a 44-year-old male from Buckley, who was able to exit on his own power despite a leg injury.” Both were wearing helmets and seatbelts, the Sheriff said.

O’Hagan said a preliminary investigation has revealed the powered parachute attempted to take off in a field, but the operator was unable to clear a treetop just west of the field. The impact site was about 30 feet west on a nearby property in the 19000 block of Lindy Road. The aircraft had only gone about 10 feet in the air, O’Hagan said.

Deputies rendered first aid until emergency medical services arrived. The pilot was transported by North Flight to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City for a possible broken leg while the passenger was also transported by ambulance for numbness and tingling in the his legs.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified to assist in the investigation, O’Hagan said, adding that alcohol was not a factor in causing the crash.