Authorities say a Texas man is dead after his paraglider crashed outside a northern New Mexico airport.

New Mexico State Police say 46-year-old Paul Johnson was found in a field just north of Angel Fire Airport on Saturday morning.

The Office of the Medical investigator pronounced him dead at the scene.

State Police say Johnson, an Austin police officer, last made contact with a friend around 8:30 a.m.

According to the friend, Johnson had landed in a field and was going to attempt a lift-off and return to the airport.

When he failed to show up by 10 a.m., friends began searching for him.

Authorities say the cause of the crash is unknown.