Update: Friend identifies pilot in deadly hang gliding crash as retired pilot

FAA investigating deadly hang glider crash in Dalton Saturday night. (Image: WTVC)

UPDATE (September 30th):

A friend of the pilot tells NewsChannel 9 the pilot's name was Michael Green of Dalton, and he was a retired pilot with American Airlines.

Newly released 911 calls provide some insight into how witnesses described the glider just before it went down.

The owner of Pratermill Flight Park says Green was his friend. He says they had the aircraft stored for nearly 10 years before taking it out for a ride Saturday. Both he and Green had recently touched it up and had been taking instructor lessons.

The FAA and the NTSB are still working to learn what caused the accident.

Depend on us to bring you more details as they become available.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the deadly hang glider crash that happened in Dalton, Georgia Saturday night.

The FAA released the following statement:

A motorized hang glider crashed at the Pratermill Flight Park Airport in Dalton, Ga., yesterday at 7:09 p.m. Contact local authorities for information on the pilot, the only person on board. The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident.

The FAA says a motorized hang glider crashed on the east side of the Pratermill Flight Park Airport in Dalton at 7:09 p.m. Authorities confirm there was only one person on board.


The Whitfield County Sheriff's Department is currently on the scene of a hang glider crash. Police say one person is dead.

Officials say the crash happened on 2371 Bryant Circle in Dalton, Georgia.

We have a crew heading to the scene right now. We will continue to bring you updates on-air and online.

This is a developing story.

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