Wright Memorial

A 50-year-old Kitty Hawk man was rescued safely after suffering only “scratches” on Tuesday, June 4 when his powered paramotor crashed into trees on Wright Brothers Memorial property in Kill Devil Hills in the late afternoon.

According to Boone Vandzura, Chief Ranger for the Outer Banks Group of the NPS, the man, who was not identified, got airborne from the Wright Brothers airstrip, and during a second attempt to land his craft, was pushed into trees by turbulent air. With the flyer and his parachute stuck in the trees, he was able to call 911 at 5:02 p.m. The Kill Devil Hills Fire Department was able to use a ladder truck to extract him from the tree.

Vandzura told the Sentinel that at 5:48 p.m., traffic was reopened on Colington Road, ending a major backup that had stretched back onto U.S. 158. The pilot did not require hospitalization.

A number of responders arrived quickly on the scene, including the Kill Devil Hills Fire and Police Departments, NPS personnel, members of Dare County EMS and Sheriff’s Department officers.

“We’re glad that he’s safe and we’re glad the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department had the skill and the equipment to rescue him,” said Vandzura. “It was a good quick response and a positive outcome.”


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