NTSB: Paraglider not on controller's radar before collision

Federal investigators say an air traffic controller's radar display didn't show the location and altitude of a paraglider when a small plane was placed on a collision course with it near Houston last month

ByThe Associated Press
January 21, 2022, 5:07 PM

FULSHEAR, Texas -- The location and altitude of a powered paraglider were not on an air traffic controller’s radar display when a small plane was placed on a collision course with it near Houston, federal investigators said Friday.

In a preliminary report, National Transportation Safety Board investigators said the powered paraglider lacked a transponder or other tracking equipment when hit by the single-engine Cessna 208B on Dec. 21.

Consequently, the controller was unaware of placing the Cessna pilot on a collision course with the paraglider pilot flying harnessed to a propeller. Both collided mid-air and crashed 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Houston, killing both pilots.

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