An interagency response team was called to a paragliding accident in Boulder County on Saturday morning, during which a paraglider collided with a home on the 1000th block of North 119th Street.
The 68-year-old paraglider was taking off on his second flight of the day when the accident occurred. According to witnesses on the scene, he was traveling at approximately 20 miles per hour, 10 feet off the ground. Following the collision with the home, the paraglider was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Paragliding is similar to hang-gliding, but involves the use of a flexible parachute-style glider rather than a stiff, fixed wing. By taking advantage of warm air rising up hillsides, paragliders are able to stay in the air for long periods of time, covering extremely long distances. The takeoff portion of the flight is when some accidents occur, typically due to the chute not catching the air properly or the paraglider not getting enough lift quick enough.
Thanks goes out to responding teams, including Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, Erie Police Department, and Lafayette Fire Department.
If you’d like to read more about the complex sport of paragliding in Colorado, here’s an OutThere Colorado story from a tandem gliding experience in Glenwood Springs.