Dan Buchanan Killed In Hang Glider Accident At Mountain Home AFB Airshow

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An accident at an airshow in Idaho has killed hang glider pilot Dan Buchanan.

Buchanan was flying at the Gunfighter Skies Air and Space Celebration at Mountain Home Air Force Base.

At this time, the cause of the crash is unknown.

The remainder of Saturday’s show, including the performance by the USAF Thunderbirds, was canceled. Sunday’s airshow will be held, as a tribute to Dan.

In 1981, Buchanan was injured in a different hang glider incident. That accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. Despite this handicap, Dan returned to flying within six months and flew his first airshow in 1989.

Buchanan was a popular performer on the airshow circuit, with his daytime and nighttime glider routines. Over the years his awards and accolades have included the Art Scholl Award for Showmanship, the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship and the ICAS Special Achievement Award.

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3 Responses

  1. david smith

    Flew with him at Kagel mt. in 1981. Knew nothing about him until now. He didn’t let his injury stop him from enjoying and making a living from flying. Hang gliding is a special sport with a special brotherhood. Dan will be missed.

  2. Allyne Bentley

    OH NO! I’ve known Dan for YEARS! He’s been such a dear friend! Was wondering why I haven’t been hearing back from him and began to worry. My online search came up with this article, and I am truly heartbroken! Hope your sails fly high, Dan! You’ll always remain in my heart!

  3. Danny Nichols

    Met him and saw him fly at Smyrna TN many times. He was an all around great guy who put on an awesome act. He will be sorely missed.

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