British Columbia

Kyle MacDonald-Wolochatiuk killed in B.C. speed-flying accident

Extreme sport is similar to paragliding, but faster

Extreme sport is similar to paragliding, but faster

Kyle Wolochatiuk, 40, was killed Sunday after hitting a tree in a speed-flying accident. The extreme sport is similar to paragliding. (Kyle MacDonald-Wolochatiuk/Facebook)

Kyle Wolochatiuk often filmed his flights as he jumped off cliffs. He loved the sport, but on Sunday, he died doing it.

Wolochatiuk, 40, was killed soon after he took off from the first cliff of the Stawamus Chief near Squamish, according to the BC Coroners office.

Wolochatiuk was speed-flying, an extreme sport similar to paragliding. He hit a tree and fell about 500 metres.

Unlike paragliding, which uses a bigger wing, and skims along the air current, creating a slow gentle ridge, speed flying is faster, more thrilling and more dangerous.

Extreme sport began in Europe

It started in Europe in the 80s, with skiers, but over the years it evolved into an extreme sport that could be done with out snow or skis.

Wolochatiuk's death is the second of a speed flier on the Squamish Chief. In 2013, Jeff Bertoia fell to his death.

Coroner Barbara McClintock said it's too early to say if a policy change is warranted for the sport. Right now it's regulated under the same rules as paragliders.

With files from Deborah Goble


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