Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Buckeye Breeze, N582UT: Fatal accident occurred October 05, 2019 in Price, Carbon County, Utah

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Powered parachute crashed under unknown circumstances.


Date: 05-OCT-19
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N582UT
Aircraft Model: BREEZE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
State: UTAH

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

Emery County Sheriff's Office

Shortly before noon on Saturday, October 5, 2019, ECSO Dispatch Center received a call of a fatal powered parachute accident at the Sid and Charley pinnacles in the San Rafael Swell. The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Rodney Pridmore from Idaho.

A group of five men had flown from the Huntington Airport that morning and had landed at Sid and Charley. When the group was ready to leave, Pridmore was one of the first in the air. He radioed to his party that he was having problems with his aircraft and they advised him to try to land. The landing was unsuccessful with the aircraft impacting a shallow wash. A member of the party who is an emergency room physician stated that Pridmore died on impact.

Initial investigation by those on scene suggests a problem with the rope and pulley steering system. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be investigating.

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