Paraglider taken to hospital after crash in rural Vacaville


A paraglider flies over Vallejo, California in a photo taken in 2014. (File photo by Matthew Keys)

A paraglider was taken to the hospital after a crash in rural Vacaville on Monday.

The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. near a stretch of Blue Ridge Road in unincorporated Solano County west of Vacaville.

What caused the crash was not immediately clear, but the paraglider was reportedly injured in the incident, according to social media posts by the Vacaville Fire Protection District.

The paraglider was transported to a local hospital by helicopter. Their condition was not known as of Monday afternoon.

Paragliding is a popular air sport in parts of Solano County, including Vacaville, Vallejo and rural Dixon.

A paraglider sits in a harness that is attached to a wing, which looks similar to a parachute. The glider rides on air currents, much in the same way a hang-glider does. Some paragliders use large motors attached to the back in order to travel farther or faster.

Paragliding is largely unregulated, in that gliders don't need a license to take to the air, but gliders are still required to follow Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules with respect to air traffic and the piloting of their wings.

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