Glider from fatal Southern Shores crash in ocean washes ashore on Kitty Hawk beach

Published 11:32 am Wednesday, October 5, 2022

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The Town of Kitty Hawk reported the morning of Wednesday, October 5, 2022 that the glider that crashed into the ocean off of Southern Shores on September 21 has washed ashore in area the 3600 block of N. Virginia Dare Trail in Kitty Hawk.

One person was rescued and another died after the ultra-light glider landed in the ocean off Southern Shores at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

According to a press release from the Town of Southern Shores, the glider, which was carrying two passengers, malfunctioned and landedintheoceannear the 100 block ofOceanBlvd.

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The town reported in their initial release that one individual was rescued and safely brought to shore. An active search took place for the second individual by the Coast Guard, Southern Shores Fire and Southern Shores Ocean Rescue, Duck Fire and Rescue and two of the beach nourishment survey boats.

In an update from the town mid-afternoon on September 21, it was reported that the body of the second person was recovered.

“The Town of Southern Shores would like to thank all individuals and agencies involved in the rescue, search, and recovery effort; TI Coastal (survey boat), Kill Devil Hills Surf Rescue, the Coast Guard, Southern Shores Fire, Southern Shores Ocean Rescue, Southern Shores Police, and Duck Fire and Rescue,” stated the release.

On September 23, the Southern Shores Police Department identified the individuals involved. Pilot Kenneth Budd, 56, of Lancaster, Pa., was the decedent. Passenger Steve William Fisher, 36, also of Lancaster, Pa., was the survivor.

“We ask that you keep these people and their families in your prayers,” stated SSPD. “The incident has been turned over to the NTSB for further investigation.”

The October 5 press release from the Town of Kitty Hawk noted that the glider “has been removed from the beach and the National Transportation Safety Board will be responding within the next several days.”