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One dead in mid-air collision between paraglider and hang glider

Oct 17, 2023, 8:04 PM | Updated: Oct 18, 2023, 8:10 pm

A mid-air collision between a paraglider and a hang-glider killed one and sent another to the hospi...

Hang glider at the point of the mountain in Draper. (Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

(Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

DRAPER, Utah — A mid-air collision on October 17 between a paraglider and a hang glider killed one and left two others with severe injuries.

The Draper Police Department and Draper Fire Department were dispatched to the scene at 5:22 p.m.

The collision occurred at the Salt Lake County Flight Park North at 15300 S Steep Mountain Dr. in Draper. I-15 drivers in the area often see hang gliders and paragliders there. 

Three people were involved in the accident. The hang glider had one pilot, and the paraglider had a pilot and a passenger.

The Draper Police Department said the 44-year-old paraglider pilot Joshua Ellison died on the scene.

The paraglider passenger was an unnamed 30-year-old woman. She was transported by helicopter to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray in critical condition. 

At first, it was believed the pilot of the hang glider was treated and released at the scene with no injuries. However, the pilot was transported to a local hospital with severe injuries. 

The Draper Police Department is still investigating this accident. 

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One dead in mid-air collision between paraglider and hang glider