Renton man killed when paraglider crashes into pasture near Issaquah

Kenneth A. Blanchard, 53, of Renton died Sunday evening when his paraglider crashed near the Squak Mountain State Park Natural Area.

Blanchard was riding on what appeared to be a thermal current when suddenly the wing started twisting and spinning out of control, witnesses told the King County Sheriff's Office.

The wing then collapsed, falling 40 to 50 feet into a pasture in the 12300 block of 202th Place Southeast in the Issaquah Highlands, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Witnesses and fire personnel performed cardi-pulmonary rescuscitation, but he died at the scene.

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