Man injured in paragliding accident near South Mountain

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PHOENIX - A paraglider is in the hospital recovering from serious injuries after crashing into South Mountain around noon on Sunday.

Early Sunday morning a group of paragliders were over the skies above South Mountain near Central Avenue and Baseline Road when one of them fell 50 feet or so.

Witnesses said something happened and they saw one of the wings fold.

The paraglider was rushed to the hospital after Phoenix fire crews used ropes to lower themselves into the rocky area where the 37-year-old man landed.

After they airlifted him to the base of the mountain, the man was transported by ambulance to the hospital.

The man's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.