FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Harrisburg FSDO-13
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: Minor
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
UNREGISTERED ULTRALIGHT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES ON A GRASS STRIP NEAR FAIRVIEW, PENNSYLVANIA.
A 68-year-old man was taken to an area hospital after the powered parachute he was attempting to launch malfunctioned and crashed in Fairview Township on Tuesday night, according to a news release from Fairview Township Police.
Police said about 8 p.m., they were called to the 700 block of Markham Court for an aircraft crash. Once there, they found that James Diebold Jr. tried to take off in a Powrachute Sky Rascal one-man aircraft using a grass runway.
Powrachute is a Middleville, Michigan, company that designs and markets powered parachutes, a type of ultralight aircraft that features a seat, motor and parachute.
Police discovered that the aircraft's chute did not fully inflate, which caused it to pull to the right as it climbed to a height of 10 to 20 feet.
"It then fell to the ground and came to rest in an adjacent field," police said.
Diebold was conscious and spoke to officers at the scene, but was taken to the Holy Spirit Hospital for treatment for injuries sustained during the crash. Diebold's condition was not known.
The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident.
LEWISBERRY, Pa. (WHTM) – Emergency dispatchers say the pilot of a ultralight aircraft was transported to the hospital following a crash tonight in Fairview Township, York County.
Crews responded just after 8 p.m. to the 700 block of Markham Court.
We’re told the man operating the aircraft suffered a non-life threatening injury.
Fairview Township police are still at the scene.