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German paraglider unharmed following emergency landing at US base

Soldiers guide palletized load system trucks onto the railhead at the Kaiserslautern U.S. Army Depot, April 2018. A German paraglider made an emergency landing at the depot Saturday, June 1, 2019.

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By MARCUS KLOECKNER | STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 3, 2019

A German paraglider who made an emergency landing at a U.S. Army base in Kaiserslautern was released pending an investigation, German police and Army officials said Monday.

The 50-year-old paraglider, whose name was not released, landed on the helicopter pad at the Kaiserslautern U.S. Army Depot off Ludwigstrasse on Saturday after experiencing trouble and veering off course, officials said.

German and military police arrived at the scene, conducted a security sweep and found nothing suspicious, Army spokesman Stefan Alford said. The paraglider was escorted off base and released, Alford said.

The man told authorities he started his flight in Annweiler, a small town about 25 miles south of Kaiserslautern, and planned to fly northeast to Neustadt, a Westpfalz police statement said. He instead ended up flying far to the northwest.

The man was uninjured, police said. The case is now being investigated, said Kaiserslautern police spokeswoman Christiane Lautenschlaeger.

“We now need to find out if the man’s statements are accurate to see if it really was an emergency landing. This is a standard procedure,” Lautenschlaeger said.

Stars and Stripes reporter Martin Egnash contributed to this report.

kloeckner.marcus@stripes.com

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