Deceased flyer using a speedwing’

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A person has been killed whilst flying what’s understood to be a speedwing at Treble Cone skifield near Wanaka.

Despite initial reports of it being a paragliding accident, a Queenstowner aware of the incident tells Mountain Scene the deceased – believed to be an Australian – was piloting a speedwing. 

Speedwings fly a lot faster and are more manoeuvrable than paragliders and operators tend to fly them closer to the mountainous surfaces they take off from. 

Wanaka ambulance officer Don McMillan confirmed to www.nzherald.co.nz that a man was killed in the accident at about noon today (Friday). 

The pilot crashed on a steep face below the Treble Cone skifield access road, McMillan reportedly says. 

It’s understood several paragliders also flying in the area had noticed the man lying “motionless” and landed to attempt CPR on him, www.nzherald.co.nz reports.