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Missoula Paraglider Dies During Competition in Chile

Casey Bedell, owner of Black Bird Paragliding in Missoula, crashed on Nov. 28

MISSOULA — A Montana smokejumper and paraglider has died of injuries suffered in a crash at a paragliding competition in Chile.

Casey Bedell, owner of Black Bird Paragliding in Missoula, crashed on Nov. 28 outside Santiago, Chile.

The Chilean Air Force said search and rescue workers stabilized Bedell and transferred him to a health center, where he died.

Bedell was one of 92 pilots in Santiago for the Pre Paragliding World Cup.

No date has been set for a memorial service.