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Lumby hang glider accident investigated

A hang glider crashed in Lumby, near Mabel Lake Road, Monday. The pilot, from Hope, is in critical condition in Kelowna General Hospital. - RCMP photo
A hang glider crashed in Lumby, near Mabel Lake Road, Monday. The pilot, from Hope, is in critical condition in Kelowna General Hospital.
— image credit: RCMP photo

A Hope hang glider pilot is in critical condition following an accident in Lumby Monday.

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are investigating the accident, which took place just before 2 p.m. on Mabel Lake Road.

“Early indications are the pilot was a reasonably experienced glider,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

“Witnesses say he was approaching for a landing when he stalled the glider and hit ground with one wing which caused it to go into a cartwheel motion.  He then hit ground with full force.”

The B.C. Ambulance Service responded by vehicle and helicopter. A 38 year old man with an address of Hope, B.C. was seriously injured in the crash. He was transported by air to Kelowna General Hospital where he remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

The accident remains under investigation.

It follows Thursday’s fatal paraglider accident in Spallumcheen, claiming a Saskatchewan man.

 

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