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One dies in Jämijärvi hang-gliding accident

Saturday afternoon's fatal incident happened close to the spot where eight skydiving enthusiasts were killed in a light aircraft crash in April this year.

Map of Jämijärvi.
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A man has been killed in a hang-gliding crash in Jämijärvi, western Finland.

The accident happened on Saturday afternoon close to the place where a skydiving expedition went disastrously wrong in April, killing eight people.

In a statement police said the man was born in 1949 and was from Parkano, near Tampere.

According to police, the hang-glider had flown to a height of over 50 metres while being towed by a quad bike at Jämijärvi air field, when it crashed. The pilot died from his injuries at the scene.

Police are investigating the cause of the incident.

Jämijärvi air field is a popular site for aviation sports. Following April’s fatal incident, ministers called for tougher regulations on amateur flying activities.

18.40: This article was updated to include information released by the police.

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