FIRST ON WITN: "Powered Parachute" Makes Hard Landing

Pitt County authorities say a powered parachute, and not an ultra light, was involved in an accident this morning outside of Grifton.

Emergency management director Noel Lee tells WITN News that the aircraft did not crash. Lee says it had a hard landing, with very little damage.

Troopers identified the pilot at J.B. Cain of Grifton. They say the 54-year-old man suffered a broken leg, along with back and hip injuries.

Witnesses tell authorities that the pilot has flown out of the field off Highway 118 many times before.

A powered parachute can fly up to 35 miles per hour. It looks like a go-cart with a large propeller behind the pilot. Attached is a parachute, similar to those use in para-sailing.

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An ultralight aircraft has crashed in Pitt County.

Several fire trucks are on the scene near Grifton right now. Dispatchers say the plane crash was reported to them around 7:30 a.m. Friday. There is a report of one injury.

The crash site is in a field off Highway 118, just outside the Grifton town limits.

This is the third aircraft crash in Eastern Carolina this week. A man crashed a small plane into the Buckhorn Reservoir in Wilson Thursday. He walked away with no injuries. Another man was killed when his plane crashed in Duplin County Monday.

Ultralights are described as light-weight and having one-seat, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association. The FAA lists the following requirements for an aircraft to be classified as an ultralight: one-seat; 254 pounds max. empty weight (powered); 155 pounds max empty weight (unpowered); 5 gallons max. fuel capacity; 55 knots max. full power speed; and 24 knots max power off stall speed.

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  • by To WITN on Oct 12, 2009 at 10:35 AM
    I have a serious question, is it really that important to be able to say you had the story first, when in the rush to get the story out you guys often have so much of it wrong? Kinda makes anything that says FIRST ON WITN in the headline completely lack credibility.
  • by Suzi Location: Greenville on Oct 11, 2009 at 02:43 PM
    A better person you will not find! J.B. Cain has been a very close and dear friend to me and my family for years and there is nothing he would not do for another human being. Not long ago he was riding down the highway on his harley and a women and her child were broken down on the side of the road. Did J.B. ride by, like many, many others did? No he did not, he stopped and gave mechanical assistance, making sure she and her child arrived safely at their destination. When asked for his name so she could publically thank him, he declined, not wanting to be spoken of as a "hero". He is simply a wonderful person who is willing to help anyone, anywhere. I envy and admire his adventurous side and he never does anything without proper instruction, took many hours of classes prior to ever flying on his own. You who criticize need to stop faulting others for having the faith in god to pursue their dreams and leave their destiny in his hands. I love you JB and Becky!!
  • by George Location: La Grange on Oct 9, 2009 at 07:39 PM
    J B is a great man I have know him for about 5 years,we have rode a lot of miles together on our Harley. He would do anything he could for anybody.He and his wife was going to ride Saturday for the RIDE FOR THE CURE to help raise money for cancer.So people lets pray for him to get well soon. Thank J. B. for being my friend. George
  • by Ron Location: Maryland on Oct 9, 2009 at 06:44 PM
    Mr. Cain was in one of the most safe aircraft you can fly, which normally only float to the ground without power. Something abnormal must have happened. He flew early in the morning because it's when winds are lightest. With a top speed of 25 mph, a headwind of that speed would make it difficult to get back to where you started. Good for Mr. Cain getting something outta life. Wishing him a quick recover and return up into the air.
  • by Theresa Location: Greenville on Oct 9, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    This is a fine man with many great hobbies. Not to mention the smarts to "LEARN & ACHIEVE" such things. To Mr. "SCARED TO SAY YOUR NAME" - DUMB you say? Maybe you should stop 'JUDGEING" and start doing something "PRODUCTIVE" in your life. How boring you must be! To the family and MR. DARING himself, we pray for a quick recovery and await the next ADVENTURE! It is obvious a few folks keep their eye on you "in the sky" and ENJOY it!!!
  • by a Location: winterville on Oct 9, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    I along with my family seen this guy flying a few weeks back. It was interesting. Not only does he do this in the morning he does it in the afternoon as well. And to all the comments about this being his transportation to work. No where have I read this has anyone thought that he may be retired and this is his hobby.
  • by enc Location: enc on Oct 9, 2009 at 01:12 PM
    I've flown these before and it was a GREAT experience! Hope he is well!
  • by Charles Location: Winterville on Oct 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    Those that may condem or make fun are simply ignorant of a very interesting part of aviation. It is hard to beat the view from 1000' or so in the early morning when it is calm. Before you poke fun , try it. I hope Mr king has a speady recovery and is flying again soon.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2009 at 09:49 AM
    Maybe you should do alittle research be fore you call someone dumb. There are several of these flying around Pitt County and they are not go carts with a parachute, it looks like it.
  • by Tom Location: Fville on Oct 9, 2009 at 09:33 AM
    The question is why not drive one to work...
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