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Hang-glider pilot critically injured in B.C.

06/12/2012 03:11 EDT | Updated 08/12/2012 05:12 EDT

A 38-year-old man from Hope, B.C., is in critical condition after being injured in a hang-gliding accident just outside of Lumby on Monday.

Witnesses say the man was approaching for a landing just before 2 p.m. PT when he stalled the glider and one wing touched the ground, sending it into a cartwheel motion.

The man, whose name has not been released, hit ground with full force.

He was flown to a Kelowna hospital where he remains in critical condition in intensive care.

Police say the investigation indicates the pilot was "reasonably experienced."

Earlier this year, Lenami Godinez-Avila, 27, fell to her death while on a tandem hang-glider flight in the Fraser Valley, just east of Vancouver.

The pilot, Jon Orders, 50, was charged with obstruction of justice for swallowing a video memory card of the fatal flight.

Orders later apologized, saying he did it in a panic after the flight, but quickly admitted it to police.

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