Update at 4:00 p.m.
FORSYTH, Ill. (WCIA) — The Macon County Coroner has shared more details on the Forsyth paraglider crash that left a man dead on Tuesday.
First responders were notified of the crash around 10:43 a.m. The Coroner said the paraglider was being operated at an altitude of about 200 feet, when a sudden change in wind or atmospheric conditions may have caused the aircraft to plummet. The paraglider crashed into a harvested bean field.
Coroner Michael E. Day examined the victim following the crash. The victim severely hurt his head and had serious fractures on his lower extremities. He was pronounced dead at 12:25 p.m.
The victim’s name has not yet been released, pending notification of family.
FORSYTH, Ill. (WCIA) — A 42-year-old man from Macon County has died following a motorized paraglide crash in Forsyth on Tuesday.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene on East Hickory Point Road around 10:30 a.m. Officials said deputies received a report of an airplane crash, but upon arrival, they found that it was actually a motorized paraglide.
Witnesses said a gust of wind inverted the paraglide as it prepared to land, causing it to crash into a field. The pilot did not survive.
The pilot was identified as a man from Macon County, though his name has not yet been publicly disclosed. The Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.