Saturday, July 4, 2015

Powrachute PEGASUS, N31762: Incident occurred July 04, 2015 on Dickinson Island, Clay Township, Michigan

Date: 04-JUL-15
Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N31762
Aircraft Model: PEGASUS XL
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Unknown
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA  Flight Standards District Office: FAA East Michigan FSDO-23
City: ST CLAIR
State: Michigan

AIRCRAFT, PEGASUS POWERED PARACHUTE, CRASHED INTO A TREE, DICKINSON ISLAND, ST. CLAIR, MI

RICHARD J. VAN TIEM:   http://registry.faa.gov/N31762


 


Two men were rescued from a tree on Dickinson Island in St. Clair County Saturday afternoon after their ultralight aircraft malfunctioned and became entangled in branches.

A resident of the sparsely populated island, which is next to Harsens Island, called authorities about 1:15 p.m. to report a small manned two-seater aircraft stuck in a tree, according to Capt. Frank Bayly of the Clay Township Fire Department.

The machine and the men, ages 50 and 60 and both of Harrison Township, were found tangled in branches some 30 feet in the air.

The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to the scene with a rescue diver. The diver placed a harness around the men, who were lowered safely to the ground, Bayly said.

Neither man was injured during the crash or rescue, which took about three hours from the initial call.

"Both of the occupants were fine -- they had minor scrapes," he said. The fire department did not release the names of the men.

Their aircraft was still up in the tree as of early Saturday night and awaiting inspection from Federal Aviation Administration investigators.

Source: http://www.freep.com





DICKINSON ISLAND – A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver had to make a dry-land rescue on Saturday.

Clay Township Fire Capt. Frank Bayly said two men from Harrison Township crashed their ultralight plane into a line of trees on Dickinson Island about 1:15 p.m.

The men, ages 66 and 50, were not injured but were stuck about 30 feet up in the trees.

There is no ferry service to the island, Firefighters responded in a fire boat with a 35-foot ladder but couldn’t reach the men.

A Coast Guard helicopter went to the scene. A rescue diver was able to descend on a tether and pull the men to safety.

Bayly said both men were checked out at the scene. They did not require hospitalization.

 

CLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. -  Two men were rescued from a tree Saturday afternoon after their ultralight aircraft crashed on Dickinson Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assist the Clay Township police and Algonac Fire Department.

The pilot and passenger were safely rescued.

Dickinson Island is near Harsens Island and is only accessible by boat.

Story:  http://www.clickondetroit.com

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