Hang glider succumbs to injuries in Lumby crash

The pilot of a hang glider who crashed into a field near Lumby June 11 has died from his injuries.

The pilot of a hang glider who crashed into a field near Lumby June 11 has died from his injuries.

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the pilot as Richard Michael Wood, 38, from Hope.

“Wood was flying his hang glider solo from a popular location northwest of Lumby known as Coopers Launch,” said coroner Barb McLintock in a press release.

“Shortly before 2 p.m. on June 11, he was coming in for a landing when something went wrong and  he crashed into the landing field.”

Wood suffered suffered critical injuries in the crash and was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital. However, his injuries were too severe to be survivable, and he died late on June 15.

Wood’s death is the second of a hang glider in B.C. in the past six weeks.

Lenami Godinez Avila died on April 28 in an incident on Mount Woodside in Agassiz.

A Saskatchewan student operating a powered paraglider, Barry Kleiter, died on June 7 following a crash in a Spallumcheen field.

The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate all three deaths.