Pilot dies after paraglider crash, passenger hospitalized

The pilot of a paraglider that crashed in Farragut has died, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

KNOX COUNTY - Update Monday 10:15 a.m. 

The pilot of a paraglider that crashed in Farragut has died, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.
Stanley Decoursey, 58, was pronounced dead at UT Medical Center on Sunday. 

Decoursey's passenger, 54-year-old Kenneth Atkins, was also hurt in the crash and remains in the hospital. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating. 

According to investigators, the paraglider crashed into the woods just north of 11322 Barharbor Way around 4 p.m. Sunday. 

One witness told 10News that her son watched as the glider began flying low before crashing into a wooded area south of the Kroger Marketplace off South Campbell Station Road. They then saw a LIFESTAR helicopter arrive. 

The FAA said the powered parachute craft was a Buckeye Dream Machine -- an ultralight trainer that initially comes as an assembly kit.

Original Story Sunday evening

Emergency personnel took two people to the hospital after a paraglider crashed in Farragut.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the paraglider had two people onboard and crashed into the woods north of 11322 Barharbor Way around 4:00 p.m. 

One witness said her son watched as the glider began flying low before crashing into a wooded area south of the Kroger Marketplace off South Campbell Station Road. They then saw a LIFESTAR helicopter arrive. 

Rural/Metro of East Tennessee transported the paraglider pilot to UT Medical Center, and a UT LIFESTAR helicopter flew the passenger to UTMC. Their status is unknown.

The Federal Aviation Administration has sent investigators to the site of the crash. A representative with the organization said the powered parachute craft was a Buckeye Dream Machine -- an ultralight trainer that initially comes as an assembly kit.

The National Transportation Safety Bureau will also conduct an investigation.

KCSO said it will release more details as they develop. 

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