May 3, 2014 11:00 PM by Associated Press

Glider dies in crash northwest of Phoenix

AGUILA, Ariz. - The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says a man died when he crashed his glider in the desert northwest of Phoenix.

MCSO spokesman Christopher Hegstrom says the accident happened Saturday afternoon in Aguila.

According to witnesses, an airplane was taking the glider into the air when the towing rope somehow became disconnected.

Hegstrom says the glider pilot was about 100 feet up and made a sharp turn, crashing into a pole.

Authorities have not released his identity or age.

There were no other injuries. It was now known how many people were on board the airplane towing the glider.

Hegstrom says the area is popular with air gliders.

Aguila is about 85 miles outside of Phoenix.


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