2 Die in Hang Glider Crash in Hawaii

by nph | May 18th, 2011

May 18, 2011

A light sport aircraft went down in the water off Kauai, Hawaii’s Honopu Beach yesterday, killing both the pilot and his male passenger.

The crash occurred around 11 a.m. near Na Pali Coast State Park when a powered hang glider reportedly banked off a cliff and crashed into the ocean at what one witness says was a 60 or 70 degree angle.

A tour boat discovered the bodies, recovered them, and brought them aboard the boat.

According to KITV, the pilot had been flying for about a year and a half and was known for his daredevil moves, even posting online videos displaying feats like flying over water outside the regularly permitted gliding distance, flying through clouds, and buzzing land.

One woman told KITV that she had even informed the Federal Aviation Administration about her concerns regarding the pilot.

This was the third fatal accident involving light sport aircraft in the last 13 months in Hawaii.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would gather wreckage today and investigate the cause of the crash alongside the FAA.

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