Litchfield parachuter stranded in tree after wind gust

Posted Jan. 02, 2012, at 11:10 a.m.

LITCHFIELD, Maine — A man flying a powered parachute was left hanging on a tree limb more than 70 feet high for a while after a gust of wind blew him out of control.

Sixty-six-year-old John Beganny suffered cuts to his head and face on Sunday.

Police say he was flying a parachute powered by a large fan mounted to wheels and a seat in Litchfield. The crash happened about three miles from his home.

The Kennebec Journal reported Beganny hit the oak tree and was knocked out of the parachute’s seat.