Photo Credit: Luciano Ippolito (iStock).

File photo of a powered paraglider. Photo Credit: Luciano Ippolito (iStock).

According to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, a crash involving a powered paraglider killed one outside of Erie, Colorado on April 3.

Authorities were notified of the crash at about 6 PM on Saturday after receiving multiple calls about the incident. Upon arriving to a field north of Arapahoe Road and North 119 Street in unincorporated Boulder County, the male pilot of the aircraft was found unresponsive. Life-saving efforts were made, though ultimately unsuccessful. The man was pronounced dead at 6:21 PM.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and does not appear to be due to an equipment malfunction, based on witness reports. Powered paragliding involves the use of a back-mounted motor.

Details about the deceased paraglider's identity have not been released pending notification of family.

Multiple agencies were involved in this incident, including Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Erie Police Department, Boulder County Coroner’s Office, Lafayette Fire Department, and the Mountain View Fire Department.

Condolences go out to those impacted by this death.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run.


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