Thursday, October 29th 2020, 10:13 am - The pilot had been participating in a 25-minute recreational flight.
File photo. Courtesy Jahoo Clouseau/PEXELS
On May 13, a dust devil formed and collided with an Alberta pilot using a powered paraglider near Edmonton and caused a fatal crash, according to a recent report from The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB).
The crash occurred in Gibbons.
In a news release, The TSB says it "conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation" into the incident.
The pilot was participating in a 25-minute recreational flight on a privately registered powered paraglider, the entirety of which was recorded on a camera attached to his helmet. As he approached a field to land, he performed a 'go-around' -- A standard aircraft maneuver that discontinues landing. It is often employed when a pilot deems the landing spot to be unsafe, the report says.
During the go-around the paraglider encountered a dust devil that caused it to strike the ground, resulting in a fatal injury.
The report cautions against operating aircraft when conditions are favourable for dust devils to form.
"Paraglider pilots need to be aware of the conditions that can be conducive to the formation of these phenomena, and avoid operating in these conditions where possible," the TSB says.