A paraglider had to be rescued with a fire department ladder truck after he crashed into tall trees Wednesday near the Wright Brothers National Memorial.

The pilot from Kitty Hawk had launched from the airport near the park site and was attempting to return when wind turbulence pushed him into tall pine trees about 5 p.m. along Colington Avenue, which runs close by, according to a news release from the National Park Service.

The parachute caught in the trees, leaving the pilot hanging about 70 feet from the ground. A ladder truck from the Kill Devil Hills Fire Department was used in the rescue.

He suffered only minor scrapes and did not need medical treatment. The pilot and park staff plan to coordinate to get the parachute out of the trees. The glider equipment was damaged. His name was not released.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272,


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