Blue Creek resident dies in flying accident
The community of Blue Creek is grieving the death of one of their own. Twenty-four year old Christopher Reimer died in a freak accident on Sunday when his hang glider malfunctioned and he plunged to his death. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports from Blue Creek.
Isani Cayetano, Reporting
Hang gliding, a recreational activity popular within the local Mennonite community, has been described by enthusiasts as closest to natural flight as humans will ever get. But tonight businessman Ed Reimer is mourning the loss of his son, Christopher Reimer, who perished in a weekend mishap in Blue Creek.
“Christopher was flying a hang glider, a micro-light. It’s a hang glider with a motor on it and he was doing touch and goes at the airport. He loved flying. He loved flying that little plane and he was in a turn at the end of the airstrip to go back and land and the wing failed and he fell to the ground.”
The twenty-two year old, like his father, shared a passion for flight. In his leisure Christopher was often consumed by outdoor activities including piloting the small aircraft, as seen here.
“He loved to do things, whether it was on his bike, his quad, his hang glider. He loved his work. He loved to swim and he just loved life. He loved the people and it’s so unfortunate that he fell from the sky that day but we are forced to mourn but we are not mourning without hope. We know that Christopher fell from the sky because his manmade wings failed him but God picked him up and gave him the wings of angels.”
On Sunday morning that hang glider experienced difficulties and plummeted five hundred feet to the earth. Along with Chris at the airfield were two of his close friends.
“There was two friends, one of my sons and his friend were there just watching him fly and they picked him up immediately and took him to the clinic, a medical center in Blue Creek, but there was nothing we could do for him.”
According to Reimer, his son was extremely careful when flying the hang glider, thorough in checking the aircraft before taking flight.
“You never fly it when it’s windy or stormy. You fly in the early morning. He was down there Sunday morning at six [o’clock] flying. He loved to go fly early, no wind, no heat, just cool, nice weather for flying. And I don’t know the altitude, he would probably never go much between five hundred and a thousand feet maybe but most of the flying would be five hundred feet. But it’s a recreational sport.”
Reimer sustained massive injuries to various parts of his body and succumbed moments after the accident. Meanwhile the Civil Aviation Department has launched an investigation into the mishap. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.