Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Powered parachute aircraft crashes, man injured: Barron, Wisconsin

BARRON, Wis. (RELEASE FROM BARRON CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.)-- On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at 8:24 a.m., the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an Ultralight Aircraft that crashed in a field north of Rice Lake.

Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department, the Rice Lake Fire Department, Lakeview Medical Center Ambulance and Life Link Helicopter were dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, it was discovered that an Ultralight Powered Parachute Aircraft had crashed in a field north of Lynndale’s Golf Course. The pilot of the aircraft was David Edming, 53 of Rice Lake. David was extricated from the aircraft and flown to Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire with serious leg injuries.

Initial investigation shows that the aircraft caught a gust of wind causing the aircraft to go down. The FAA was contacted but due to the fact that this was a not a registered aircraft and you do not need a pilot they do not investigate these types of aircraft crashes.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff
BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) – A man was taken to the hospital after the ultralight powered parachute he was flying in crashed.

It happened Tuesday morning north of Rice Lake. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says he believes the vehicle was caught in a gust of wind, when it went down. It crashed in a field about 100 yards away from Lynndale's Golf Course on 20 ½ Street.

There’s no word on the extent of the man’s injuries. Fitzgerald did not release his name, but says he is from Rice Lake. He says an ultralight powered parachute is not an airplane, but has a gas engine in the back, and holds one person. The victim was the only person on board at the time of the crash. Fitzgerald did not know how high in the air the man was when the parachute went down.

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