08/01/2012 10:16 EDT | Updated 10/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Man dies while paragliding in Saint-Apollinaire

A 35-year-old man died during a powered paragliding course in Saint-Apollinaire, about 200 kilometres northeast of Montreal.

Powered paragliding is a form of sport where people wear small motors on their backs to propel them forward as they hang from a parachute.

The accident happened around 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Gregory Gomez-Del Prado, spokesman for the provincial police, said the paraglider was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"What we know for now is that he might have done a false manoeuvre. He was learning how to manoeuvre the powered paraglider and he made a wrong manoeuvre at some point," he added.

Gomez-Del Prado does not know how many people were taking part in the class at the time.

Authorities are investigating the case.