Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Hughes Aero Corp Predator "C", N369SL: Accident occurred May 29, 2018 in Copemish, Manistee County, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Copemish, MI
Accident Number: CEN18LA206
Date & Time: 05/29/2018, 1958 EDT
Registration: N369SL
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 29, 2018, about 1958 eastern daylight time, a Hughes Aero Corporation Predator "C" powered parachute, N369SL, impacted trees and terrain during a takeoff from a private airstrip near Copemish, Michigan. The pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The aircraft received minor damage during the impact sequence. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight was originating from the private airstrip at the time of the accident.

According to initial information given to a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector, witnesses reported that the pilot was giving the passenger an introductory flight.

At 1957, the recorded weather at the Frankfort Dow Memorial Field, near Frankfort, Michigan, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 30° C; dew point 18° C; altimeter 29.87 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: HUGHES AERO CORP
Registration: N369SL
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 1957 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Copemish, MI
Destination: Copemish, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:

COPEMISH — A Buckley man was injured when the powered parachute he was riding in crashed into a tree.

The Manistee County Sheriff's Office said the accident happened just before 8 p.m. Tuesday in Leon Township, near Copemish.

When deputies arrived, they spotted a multi-colored parachute in a tree near the intersection of Viaduct Road and Lindy Road.

The 44-year-old man from Buckley climbed out of the wreck "on his own power despite a leg injury," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

North Flight EMS transported the operator, a 49-year-old man from Copemish, on suspicion of a broken leg. The Buckley man was also sent to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City because of numbness and tingling in his leg, although he was transported by ambulance.

Both men were wearing helmets and seatbelts, according to Manistee County Sheriff John O'Hagan. Alcohol was not a factor.

The powered parachute only got about 10 feet off the ground, not high enough to clear a treetop near the field where the men attempted to take off, O'Hagan said in an email to members of the media.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤


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