Paraglid­ing champ crash­lands in comp

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Queen­stown-based paraglid­ing cham­pion Kussy Gomez es­caped in­jury af­ter crash-land­ing into trees last week. She was fly­ing as part of the Paraglid­ing Open com­pe­ti­tion when a wing failed, she lost height and crash­landed at 5pm on Wed­nes­day. The 39-year-old was winched on board the Nel­son Marl­bor­ough res­cue he­li­copter be­fore be­ing flown to Golden Bay med­i­cal cen­tre for as­sess­ments. New Zealand Hang Glid­ing and Paraglid­ing As­so­ci­a­tion PG Open me­dia spokes­woman Jude Tarr said com­peti­tors were re­quired to have safety equip­ment in the event that things went wrong. The area where Gomez landed was very rocky and it was sur­pris­ing she did not suf­fer any in­juries. Con­di­tions could be very fierce in Nel­son, Ms Tarr said. It was for­tu­nate that the pi­lot was very skilled, she said. Ms Gomez was able to com­mu­ni­cate via ra­dio to the com­pe­ti­tion di­rec­tor to re­lay her con­di­tion and lo­ca­tion. ‘‘She is a re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced pi­lot and she fol­lowed the cor­rect pro­ce­dure beau­ti­fully.’’

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