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1 killed in paraglider crash near Ottawa

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:30 a.m. CST

OTTAWA (AP) — A powered paraglider has crashed into the Fox River in northern Illinois, killing one person.

The pilot managed to get free of his harness and escape, but the passenger died.

LaSalle County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Swierkosz says the man's body was recovered Tuesday morning. Authorities did not immediately release his name.

The pilot was hospitalized.

Monday night's accident occurred near the city of Ottawa.

It involved a type of hobbyist aircraft consisting of a cart held aloft by a parachute and propelled by a large motor-driven fan worn as a backpack.

The paraglider landed near the Dayton Dam, and the water was surging because of recent heavy rains, hampering the effort to find the passenger.

The search was suspended for four hours overnight.

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