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August 20, 2016

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Paraglider crashes west of Wonderland Lake in north Boulder

The pilot was critically injured and was airlifted from the crash site to a Denver area hospital.

Boulder, Colo. - Just after 2:40 p.m. this afternoon, Boulder Police & Fire Communications began receiving 911 calls reporting that a paraglider had crashed west of Wonderland Lake in north Boulder. Emergency personnel responded and found the pilot of the paraglider alive, but unconscious and critically injured. The crash site was located midway between Spring Valley Road and Pine Needle Road, east of the ridgeline, on steep terrain that was only accessible by foot. Rescuers had to hike approximately 1/2 mile to the crash site from the nearest access point, and were able to reach the pilot just before 3:00 p.m.

The male pilot, who is believed to be in his 50's, was evacuated from the crash site by technical rescue and was flown by an awaiting AirLife Denver helicopter to Saint Anthony's Hospital, a level one trauma center, in Lakewood. The rescue and evacuation took just over an hour from the time rescue personnel first reached the pilot. The extent of the pilot's injuries are unknown, but he did not regain consciousness during the rescue. The man was transported in critical condition and it is believed his injuries are life-threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified of the crash. The cause and the circumstances surrounding the crash are not yet known, but the investigation and interview of eyewitnesses continues.

Emergency personnel from the Boulder Mountain Fire District, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, American Medical Response, and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, responded to the scene along with sheriff's deputies, and assisted in the medical treatment and evacuation of the injured pilot.

The case number associated with this crash is 16-5084.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer