News

Hang glider from Hope succumbs to injuries after Lumby crash

The B.C. Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a hang glider who died in Lumby on June 11.

The man was Richard Michael Wood, 38, from Hope.

Coronor Barb McLintock said Wood was flying his hang glider solo from a popular location northwest of Lumby known as Coopers Launch. Shortly before 2 p.m. on June 11, he was coming in for a landing when something went wrong and he crashed into the landing field.

Wood suffered critical injuries in the crash and was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital. His injuries were too severe, and he died in hospital on June 15.

Wood's is the second death of a hang glider in B.C. in the past six weeks. Lenami Godinez Avila died on April 28 in an incident on Mount Woodside in Agassiz.

As well, a student operating a powered paraglider, Barry Kleiter, died on June 7 following an incident near Enderby.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP continue to investigate all three deaths. The family has been notified and they are asking for their privacy.

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Canada wins meat-labelling dispute trade ruling
 
Surrey enforcer killed on the weekend
 
Four arrested in Langley City home invasion
UPDATE: Speed and alcohol likely factors in dramatic 16 Avenue crash
 
Body found in Surrey identified
 
Election 2014: Grant Ward seeking fifth term on Langley Township council
Two arrested after vehicle, store targeted
 
NDP holds onto Burnaby-Douglas
 
Surrey Eagles pick up overtime points

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.