LOGAN — A 63-year-old Indiana man was hospitalized Sunday after the glider he was piloting crash landed east of Hyde Park.
Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Peterson said David Abbott was flying over the Bogus Hallow area when he reportedly hit a pocket of air, causing a rapid decent and striking a tree.
<span>A fellow glider pilot was circling the area of the crash and was able to give G.P.S. coordinates of the site. </span>Deputies and members of the Cache County Search and Rescue Team were dispatched to the crash.
Peterson said Abbott was trapped inside the glider’s cockpit temporarily but was later able to get out. He was transported by medical helicopter to Logan Regional Hospital with a minor back injury. He is currently listed in stable condition.
Abbott is a member of a glider club that was flying from the Logan Cache Airport over the mountains east of Cache Valley. The glider had no engine or propulsion system. It had been towed by another aircraft into a flight pattern, then released allowing the pilot to glide the aircraft using wind currents to stay in flight.
Peterson said the site of the crash is within U.S. Forest Service boundaries. The glider will remain on the mountain until an investigation is completed by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
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