Friday, May 13, 2022

Paramotor: Fatal accident occurred May 13, 2022 in Beach Lake, Wayne County, Pennsylvania

Jeffrey Ronald Chorba
Cherry Ridge Airport (N30)

Earlier this week:  "Well that was neat! First day flying this girl around. I will still take paramotors over planes any day! My flight instructor wants me to teach him Paramotors!" - Jeff Chorba

WAYNE COUNTY, Pennsylvania — In Wayne County, authorities confirm a man died after his paramotor crashed in a field.

The powered paraglider went down in a field just off of Route 652 near Beach Lake. 

State Police and first responders received a 911 call just before 8 a.m. when the crash was discovered.  

According to the Wayne County coroner, 52-year-old Jeffrey Chorba, from the Beach Lake area, died in the crash.  

After two hours of investigating the scene, pieces of the paramotor were taken away on a rollback.

We spoke with some people off-camera area who knew Chorba and said they often saw him flying around in his paramotor.  

Employees at Cherry Ridge Airport near Honesdale also said Chorba was a paramotor instructor and had a lot of experience with the powered paraglider

They also said Chorba took interest in other forms of aviation.

According to a post on his Instagram page, Chorba just took his first flying lesson in an airplane at Cherry Ridge Airport earlier this week.

According to Federal Aviation Regulations, an ultralight aircraft is one that:

has only one seat
Is used only for recreational flying
Does not have a U.S. or foreign airworthiness certificate
If unpowered, weighs less than 155 pounds
If powered:
Weighs less than 254 pounds empty weight, excluding floats and safety devices
Has a maximum fuel capacity of 5 U.S. gallons
Does not exceed 55 knots/63 mph airspeed at full power in level flight
Has a power-off stall speed that does not exceed 24 knots/28 mph airspeed or less.

Photo contributed from Jeff Chorba's Facebook page 

HONESDALE, Pennsylvania — On May 13, 2022 at approximately 7:50 am, the Pennsylvania State Police Troop R in Honesdale received a 911 transfer call from the owner of a  property near 27 Barracuda Blvd. in Beach Lake, Berlin Township, Wayne County. The caller related that they discovered a paramotor down in a field on their property.

Members from PSP Honesdale responded to the scene and identified the operator, Jeffrey Ronald Chorba, 52 years of age from Beach Lake, PA. Wayne County Coroner Edward R. Howell and Deputy Coroners arrived on scene at 9:02 AM, and Coroner Howell pronounced Chorba dead at the scene at 9:12 AM.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Wayne County Coroner's Office is scheduled to perform an autopsy on Monday.

Chorba was the founder of Chorba Consulting Inc., an IT company specializing in computers, servers and networking. He provided services for municipalities, companies and individuals throughout Wayne, Pike and Sullivan County. He was also an enthusiast of powered paragliders.

Chorba's father, Ronald Michael Chorba, passed away on January 16, 2022, age 75.


State police were investigating a fatal paramotor crash in Wayne County on Friday.

Pennsylvania State Police in Honesdale received reports of a 9-1-1 call made by the owner of a property along Barracuda Boulevard in the Beach Lake area. The owner related they had discovered a powered paraglider down in a field on their property, police said in a press release.

Troopers responded to the scene and identified the deceased operator of the craft as 52-year-old Jeffrey Ronald Chorba of Beach Lake.

Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell and Deputy Coroners pronounced Chorba dead at the scene at 9:12 a.m. The death is still under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Beach Lake is a rural village in Berlin Township, Wayne County.

According to Wayne County Emergency Management Services Assistant Coordinator Pete Hooker, authorities contacted the Federal Aviation Administration in regards to the crash. He said the FAA would not be investigating the incident due to the size of the craft.

State police will be conducting the investigation of the crash. The site was cleared by noon on Friday.

The last fatal aircraft crashes in the Poconos occurred in 2019 on the West End of Monroe County, and in 2017 in Wayne County.

A minor crash happened earlier this year at Cherry Ridge Airport near Honesdale, when a pilot's plane ran off the runway.