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Expat pilot and paraglider killed in accident
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Expat pilot and paraglider killed in accident

15.07.2015 From our online archive
An American pilot for Cargolux and accomplished paraglider has died in a tragic accident in France, it has been confirmed.

An American pilot for Cargolux and accomplished paraglider has died in a tragic accident in France, it has been confirmed.

Gregory Knudson, 55, who lived in Luxembourg and was originally from California, worked as a pilot (captain) flying Boeing 747s for Cargolux.

An adventurer and passionate paraglider in his free time, Mr Knudson flew around the world and was part of an elite group of pilots and paragliders.

The father-of-two competed for Luxembourg in the 2011 paragliding world championships in Spain before abandoning the contest for a world speed record, which he proudly set in Kenya in 2013 and then beat the following year in Namibia.

American channel ABC News filmed a special report with Mr Knudson for which he proudly wore the Luxembourg flag on his clothing.

The pilot was found dead on Tuesday afternoon in Markstein, in the Vosges. The accident occurred shortly after the take-off in circumstances which his colleagues are still coming to terms with.

Mr Knudson was well known within the world of paragliding, where he will be fondly remembered. He leaves two young sons and a wife. 

Translated from an article by Anne Fourney

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