A PARAGLIDER who trained on the Isle of Wight has been killed in a mid-air collision at a competition in Macedonia.

Innes Powell, 54, crashed into Ukranian paraglider Igor Volov, 56, ahead of the final race of the British Open in Krusevo yesterday (Friday).

Mr Volov was pronounced dead at the scene, while Mr Powell died in a nearby hospital following efforts to save him.

Cross Country magazine reported he suffered devastating internal injuries, a broken shoulder, pelvis and ribs.

Mr Powell had trained with the Isle of Wight Hang Gliding and Paragliding Club, which has today (Saturday) paid tribute to him.

A statement released by the chair and committee said: "It is with regret that the IOWHGPC has been informed of a recent incident that took place at the British Open Paragliding Competition in Kusevo, Macedonia, where tragically Innes Powell was killed.

"The members and committee send their sincere and deep condolences to Sarah, Rosie and his family. Our thoughts are with them all at this dreadful time."

Mr Powell was a well known instructor with decades of competitive flying experience.

He once rescued another paraglider who crashed into a cliff ledge, which featured on the Discovery Channel series True Heroes.