British expat dies in hang glider accident in France

Published:  14 Jul at 4 PM
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A British man residing in France died on Sunday when his hang glider collided into trees near the eastern town of Dole.

The forty-nine-year-old expat’s hang glider crashed to the ground after hitting the trees, with initial investigations stating that a “bad landing” was the cause of death. Reports state that he crashed into tree tops as he was making his way to the landing field before plummeting 15 metres to his death.

Emergency teams found him “in a state of cardiac arrest” and said that he broke his neck upon landing. Other gliders said that wind conditions had been difficult on Sunday.

France’s military police, the gendarmes, confirmed the victim was British, and revealed that he had been living in the eastern city of Nancy. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident, while the man has yet to be named.

The man began his free flight from the top of Mont Poupet, the highest point at which hang gliders and para gliders can take off from at Franche-Comte.
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