Bulletin Staff Report

A Bend man fell to his death in a paragliding accident near Pine Mountain Thursday evening.

Around 7 p.m., the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a man paragliding off the northwest side of Pine Mountain separated from his wing mid-air and fell 200 feet.

When emergency responders arrived, by-standers and fellow paragliders were attempting to resuscitate Matthew Hans-Joachim Richter on the mountain slope about 250 meters from the peak. According to witness accounts, Ritcher was only in the air between 10 and 15 seconds before falling from the wing to the ground.

Richter was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 50-year-old was described as an experienced paraglider with many years of flying experience, according to the sheriff’s office. The paraglider wing, or canopy, was a lightweight motorless, free-flying aircraft with no rigid frame or structure.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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