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Paraponter killed in Queenstown crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

A paraponter has died after crashing into a central Queenstown primary school while people were setting up for a night noodle market.

Police have confirmed the death, which happened on Robin Road about 10.10am on Saturday.

The victim was dead when ambulance officers arrived, a St John spokesman told NZ Newswire.

Paraponting, or paragliding, involves launching from a hill beneath a parachute.

The solo male paraponter landed on a building at Queenstown Primary School, where people were setting up for the Night Noodle Market, NZME reports.

It was understood the man was a private pilot and not a customer of local extreme sports companies.

"He began flipping over and over again, seemingly out of control," witness Mindy Hill told Fairfax Media.

"Then his parachute just folded and he plummeted to the ground."

She did not see the man hit the ground.

The Civil Aviation Authority has been notified of the accident.

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