• 70°

Paraglider crash lands in the trees at Wright Brothers National Memorial

At approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, a paraglider that launched from Wright Brothers National Memorial’s First Flight Airport landed in the trees.

The pilot, who is from Kitty Hawk, attempted to land on the airstrip at Wright Brothers, but he reported that turbulence caused him to land in tall pine trees along Colington Avenue. The parachute – part of the paragliding equipment – caught the trees and left him suspended approximately 70 feet off the ground.

paraglider

Courtesy NPS

The Kill Devil Hills Police Department, Kill Devil Hills Fire Department, North Carolina Highway Patrol, Dare County Sheriff’s Office, Dare County EMS and National Park Service Rangers responded and assisted with the rescue. The Kill Devil Hills Fire Department’s ladder truck and their firefighters were instrumental in performing the successful rescue.

The pilot suffered minor scrapes and did not seek medical care at the scene of the incident, according to a National Park Service press release. The paragliding equipment was damaged and the parachute remains stuck in the trees. Wright Brothers National Memorial staff will contact the pilot to coordinate removal of the parachute.

READ ABOUT MORE NEWS AND EVENTS HERE.

News

North Carolina Coastal Federation receives marine debris removal grant from NOAA

Lifestyles

First responders traverse ocean overwash on NC 12 to get child to hospital

News

Sections of NC 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands to reopen Thursday at noon

Lifestyles

Trash collection rescheduled for Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras

News

Kitty Hawk amends building measurement guideline

News

North Carolina’s Allison Jones Rushing in high court mix

News

Conditions on NC 12 in Pea Island continue to prohibit travel; NCDOT aims for Thursday opening

News

Pasquotank County man ‘nearly fell out’ of his truck after $100,000 scratch-off win

Currituck

UPDATED: Man dies at hospital after being pulled from dangerous surf conditions in Corolla

Lifestyles

Our Coastland Then and Now; 2020 Outlook edition from The Coastland Times

Business

Large outdoor venues will be allowed to open at 7% in North Carolina

News

NC 12 reopening pushed back to Wednesday afternoon

News

Sections of NC 12 remains closed, Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry service suspended

News

Sen. Tillis: Trump to extend offshore drilling moratorium to North Carolina

News

Manteo hires deputy town clerk

News

Kill Devil Hills commissioners approve new land use plan

Business

Hall named to Currituck Chamber board

News

Cape Hatteras National Seashore posts beach conditions update for Monday morning

News

NCDOT expects parts of NC 12 to remain closed through Tuesday afternoon

News

North Carolina’s unemployment rate falls to nearly half of lockdown’s peak

Crime

Arrest made in Saturday shooting on Knotts Island

News

NC 12 on Hatteras Island to reopen at 5 p.m., NCDOT advises ‘extreme caution’

News

NC 12 on Ocracoke back open, ferry service resumes

News

Overwash causes closure of parts of NC 12 on Hatteras and Ocracoke