Man dies in paraglider crash in upstate river

Man dies in paraglider crash in upstate river

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - A New York City man died after he crashed into an upstate river while paragliding.

It happened Wednesday in the Wallkill River in New Hampton.

The State Police says that Rupert Cebular, 47, of Manhattan and another man were each operating powered paragliders from Randall Airport in Middletown.

Cebular was flying his paraglider over a branch of the Wallkill River, practicing a touch and go maneuver on the frozen river surface, when he broke through the ice and lost control of his paraglider.

Witnesses and the other pilot pulled Cebular from the river but he was already dead.

He was transported to the Orange County Medical Examiner’s Office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

A powered paraglider is a form of ultra-light flying machine in which the pilot wears a motor on his or her back which provides thrust, and a paraglider wing, similar to a parachute, which provides lift.
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