Paraglider Walks Away From Hard Landing Above Lahainaluna “L”
Firefighters on Monday responded to a report of a paraglider crash landing in the hills above the Lahainaluna at 2:22 p.m.
The fire department helicopter that was at a brushfire in Kahikinui was dispatched to the scene.
Lahaina firefighters arrived at the Lahainaluna football field to interview the caller at 2:47 p.m.
Two students from Lahaina Intermediate School witnessed a paraglider collapse and spiral down out of sight near the Lahainaluna “L” on the mountain above the school.
Air 1 arrived at 3:10 p.m. and spotted a male paraglider several hundred yards behind the “L” indicating that he was okay.
The fire department’s helicopter airlifted the 36-year-old Lahaina man to the football field at Lahainaluna High School with non-life threatening injuries.
Paramedics evaluated him, but the man declined transport for further treatment. He was driven by a family member to Maui Memorial Medical Center instead.
The man was paragliding by himself and was searching the area for thermal updrafts when he encountered a strong downdraft that collapsed his wing.
He landed hard in an fairly flat area above the “L” and was sitting up when firefighters got to him.
Firefighters from Lahaina, a rescue crew out of Kahului and Air 1 responded to the rescue.