Paraglider gets stuck in trees after crash near Wright Brothers Memorial


KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY) — A paraglider got away with only scrapes after he crash landed into trees near the Wright Brothers National Memorial on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the National Park Service, the pilot from Kitty Hawk tried to land the paraglider on the Wright Brothers airstrip around 5 p.m. when he reported turbulence that caused him to crash land in tall pines along Colington Avenue. They say the man’s parachute got stuck in the trees, leaving him suspended about 70 feet off the ground until he was rescued by a Kill Devil Hills Fire Department ladder truck.

The pilot didn’t seek medical care. The parachute remains stuck in the trees, and the Park Service says the memorial staff will coordinate the parachute’s removal with the pilot.

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