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Officials identify man killed in Lehi hang glider crash

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Updated - Jun 11th, 2019 @ 6:18pm | Posted - Jun 11th, 2019 @ 11:07am


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SALT LAKE CITY — A 59-year-old man has died after a hang glider crash at Point of the Mountain Flight Park, authorities say.

Crews responded to the park about 10:30 a.m., according to Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon. It occurred on the south side of the flight park, 121100 N. East Frontage Road in Lehi, he said.

Authorities later identified the man as Ron Holder of Rupert, Idaho.

Witnesses at the scene told emergency responders that as the man was flying, the wind changed, and he turned to drop into the wind, Cannon said. However, as he turned, the man dropped straight down about 50 feet, Cannon said.

Holder suffered serious head injuries, as well as other undisclosed injuries, Cannon said.

Medical personnel performed CPR on Holder, but they ultimately determined his injuries were too severe, according to Cannon. Holder was pronounced dead at the scene.

Holder was with his family members and his instructor at the park, but was flying on his own, Cannon said. It was his very first solo flight, he added.

Emergency officials from Lehi Fire Department, Lehi Police Department, the Utah County Sheriff's Office and Life Flight responded to the scene, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

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