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Paraglider Injured Landing In Kona Coffee Orchard

February 4, 2013, 9:06 AM HST
* Updated February 4, 4:24 PM
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***Updated at 4:30 p.m.***

A man operating a paraglider was rescued Saturday after he crashed into a tree in a former coffee orchard in Honaunau.

The fire department’s Chopper 1 located the paraglider tangled in the tree mauka of Highway 11 at about 11:21 a.m.

The man told rescuers that he had gotten into a downward spiral approximately 400 feet above the ground.

A fire department team was able to free the 45-year-old pilot. He was transported to Kona Community Hospital in stable condition.

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Battalion Chief Ty Medeiros said the man was complaining of difficulty in breathing and has sustained injuries to his back, leg and ribs.

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The fire department was notified of the crash by a ground crew in radio contact with the downed pilot and a man aboard another paraglider.

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