Paraglider dies in crash near Squak Mountain
Monday, August 8, 2011
ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) -- A paraglider died in a crash near Squak Mountain State Park in Issaquah over the weekend.
King County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urguhart says the 53-year-old Renton man died at the scene Sunday evening around 7 p.m.
Witnesses told authorities they saw the paraglider gliding on what appeared to be a thermal current, and watched as he came toward them in a northeasterly direction. Then suddenly the wing of the paraglider started twisting and spinning out of control and it collapsed about 40 to 50 feet above the ground before crashing in a pasture.
The man's name has not been released.