Columbia man injured in parachute glider crash

Sunday, May 12, 2013 | 6:59 p.m. CDT; updated 4:47 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 19, 2013

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was in serious condition Sunday evening after crashing a small aircraft in southern Boone County. 

The 43-year-old man fell about 60 feet after the lines of the parachute glider he was flying became tangled, said Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District.

Emergency crews responded to 9031 Tomlin Road in southern Boone County shortly before 5:30 p.m. for the report of the crash.

When responders arrived at the field, the man was alert and conscious and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, Blomenkamp said. The man landed on his right side, possibly sustaining a broken pelvis and fractured right femur.

The man was training on the aircraft at the time of the crash, Blomenkamp said. These types of aircraft are not regulated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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