Jun 18, 2012 / 2:00 pm
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of the man who died following a hang gliding incident near Lumby on June 11, 2012.
The deceased is Richard Michael Wood, aged 38, from Hope.
Mr. 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.
He suffered critical injuries in the crash and was taken by air ambulance to Kelowna General Hospital. However, his injuries were too severe to be survivable, and he died late on June 15.
Mr. Wood's death is the second 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.
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