EMERY COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 7, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have identified a man killed in a parachuting accident in Emery County Saturday.
The victim has been identified as 68-year-old Rodney Pridmore from Idaho, said a news release from Emery County Sheriff’s Office.
“Shortly before noon, ECSO dispatch center received a call of a fatal powered parachute accident at the Sid and Charley pinnacles in the San Rafael Swell,” the news release said. “A group of five men had flown from the Huntington Airport that morning and had landed at Sid and Charley. When the group was ready to leave, Pridmore was one of the first in the air.”
He radioed to his party that he was having problems with his aircraft and they advised him to try to land.
“The landing was unsuccessful with the aircraft impacting a shallow wash,” the news release said. “A member of the party who is an emergency room physician stated that Pridmore died on impact.”
Initial investigation by those on scene suggests a problem with the rope and pulley steering system of the powered parachute. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be investigating.