FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-65
AIRCRAFT, EXPERIMENTAL BUCKEYE DREAM POWERED PARACHUTE, CRASHED INTO A RIVER, NEAR BETHEL, MAINE.
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Maine Warden Service officer Norm Lewis said he was told John Mason of Bethel and Randy Autrey of Bethel were flying their powered parachutes about 7:15 p.m. when Autrey looked back and didn't see Mason.
Autrey immediately turned around and found his flying companion in the river, Lewis said.
Mason was able to get to the riverbank and reportedly was unharmed.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and reportedly was to get a statement from Mason on Thursday.
The powered parachute was being retrieved from the river Wednesday evening. The aircraft is similar to a go-kart with a large propeller on the back hanging from a parachute.
Maine State Police assisted at the scene, along with the Oxford County Sheriff's Office.
Original article can be found here: http://www.sunjournal.com
BETHEL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- An experimental aircraft has crashed near Bethel.
NEWS CENTER has been told the pilot survived drowning by unstrapping himself, climbing on the powered parachute while it was completely submerged, and then swimming safely to shore.
Both State Troopers and the Game Warden's service are on scene.
"It's very important that they realized that they're upside down, one, in the water, and then get themselves out, right-sided up, so that way they don't end up drowning," said Maine State Police Trooper Jason Wing.
There were no other passengers involved.
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BETHEL (WGME) -- A pilot is safe, and unharmed, after crashing his powered parachute in the Androscoggin River Wednesday night.
Our media partners at the Sun Journal report that two people were flying powered parachutes around 7:15 Wednesday night, when one of them turned around, and found his companion in the Androscoggin River in Bethel.
The victim was able to get to the riverbank unharmed.
Powered parachutes are similar to a go-kart with a large propeller on the back, hanging from a parachute.
The FAA is investigating.
Original article can be found here: http://wgme.com
The pilot of an experimental aircraft that crashed into the Androscoggin River in Bethel on Wednesday evening escaped uninjured.
The plane went down near the Sunday River Brewing Co., said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. The river is within a few hundred feet of the pub, which is at the intersection of Sunday River Road and Route 2.
McCausland said the pilot walked away from the crash. His name was unavailable.
The cause of the crash, which happened around 7 p.m., is under investigation by the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service.
Original article can be found here: http://www.pressherald.com
BETHEL, Maine —A pilot is recovering after he crashed an experimental aircraft alongside the Androscoggin River in Bethel, Maine State Police said.
It happened near the Sunday River Brewing Company in Bethel around 7 p.m.
Witnesses told WMTW News 8 the pilot was able to pull himself to shore and remove his own equipment.
His injuries were not known as of Wednesday night.
No other information was released.
Original article can be found here: http://www.wmtw.com