The body of 52-year-old Robert Lithgow, known as the "flying pastor" from Torquay, was found the next day tangled in parachute strings. In the years that followed, there were claims and counterclaims of pilot error and an extraordinary allegation - found to be false - that one of the men faked their own death.
The Santa Barbara Soaring Association is organizing a memorial service for Marge Variano for December 10 at 4 p.m. The well-known paragliding instructor, who moved to North Carolina about 18 months ago, died in a tragic accident while flying on Thanksgiving Day. She's is also remembered as the principal at Adams Elementary School from 2007-2009 who was happiest when among children.
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