Two injured in Manistee County in powered parachute accident

May 30, 2018

MANISTEE — Two people riding a powered parachute were injured Tuesday night in Manistee County’s Cleon Township when the parachute crashed on takeoff into a tree near a residence on Viaduct Road near Lindy Road.

According to Manistee Sheriff John O’Hagan, upon arrival at the scene deputies saw a multicolored parachute in a tree. One of the two occupants, a 49-year-old man from Copemish was still in the craft’s pilot seat. A 44-year-old Buckley man was able to exit on his own despite a leg injury

The accident happened on takeoff from a field when the operator was unable to clear a treetop just west of the field.

The operator was transported by North Flight to Munson Traverse City Hospital for treatment of a possible broken leg. The passenger was transferred by ambulance to Munson complaining of numbness and tingling in his legs. Deputies administered first aid until EMS arrived.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been contacted, O’Hagan stated.