Dust devil led to crash that killed paraglider pilot in Alberta: safety board
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
GIBBONS -- The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says an Alberta pilot who died after crashing his powered paraglider hit a dust devil.
The crash occurred on May 13 near Gibbons, about 40 kilometres north of Edmonton.
Board officials say they did a limited, fact-gathering investigation into the accident.
Their report says the pilot was on a recreational flight over a private field northwest of the town.
It says he flew for about 25 minutes and the entire flight was captured on a video camera attached to his helmet.
One minute before the crash, the report says, the glider went through a dust devil -- a rotating updraft that can be common in Alberta on warm, sunny days.