Casey Bedell

A Missoula man is dead after crashing in a paragliding competition down in Chile.

Casey Bedell was local smoke jumper and instructor at Black Bird Paragliding. He and his wife, Jen, were active members of the paragliding community in Montana.

Bedell passed away after he crashed while paragliding just outside of Santiago, Chile.

His coworkers and fellow smoke jumpers have set up a memorial fund to help out his wife during this tragic time.

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