UPDATE: AN EARLY morning flight turned to tragedy when Queensland paramotoring champion Chris Atkinson crashed to his death on a turf farm near Atkinson Dam at Lowood.
Police said the 40-year-old was out on a joy flight with two friends.
It is believed he was flying a motorised paraglider and took off about 6.30am before crashing soon after.
District duty officer Senior Constable Gareth James said the cause of the crash was still uncertain as forensic officers continued to investigate the incident.
He said the two other paragliders had begun a search for the victim after he disappeared from sight a few moments after take-off.
He said neither man witnessed the crash and the pair was "in a state of shock" following the death.
Paramedics were called when the man was found and performed CPR, but could not revive him.
Powered paragliding, also known as paramotoring, is a recreational flying activity where pilots wear a motor on their back to provide thrust.
A powered paraglider can launch in still air and on level ground.
Mr Atkinson, a Brisbane builder, recently made news after breaking a world record earlier this year.
He hurtled through the air for an unprecedented 284km at heights of up to 2.5km with only a glider and motorised propeller for support.
The three-hour "paramotoring" mission took him from Gatton to west Queensland.
News reports at the time said he had his heart set on more world records after breaking the previous "longest distance in a straight line/limited fuel" mark of 242km on March 6.
Two weeks ago, he shared a post on Facebook which read, ''It's better to have a short life full of what you like to do''.
In his most recent post, Mr Atkinson said he had just learned he had broken his own world record, flying 353 kilometres in four hours on limited fuel.
Police believe the property where the men were flying was an approved site for paramotoring.
Sen Cnst James said technical experts from the sport would be brought in to help determine the cause of the crash.
The incident follows another fatal powered paragliding accident that occurred on Bribie Island last month.
Daniel Wyatt, 28, a qualified powered paraglider pilot with at least 30 hours' experience, died while paragliding north of Woorim beach. He lost control and crashed near the water's edge.
The Newmarket resident died at the scene.
Paraglider dies in Lockyer Valley crash landing
EARLIER: A paraglider has died this morning after crash landing in a Lockyer Valley paddock.
Paramedics were called to an Atkinson Dam Rd property at 7.53am.
A Department of Community Safety spokesman said officers performed CPR on the man, believed to be aged in his 40s.
However, he died at the Lockyer Waters scene.
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