Hang Glider Dies After Crashing Into Tree in Crestline: Fire Dept.

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A hang glider died after taking off from a launch area in Crestline and crashing into a tree on Wednesday, authorities said.

The adult man glided for a short period of time after leaving the glider launch near Playground and Crest Forest drives, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

Fire Capt. Dan Nelson said witnesses described the pilot making a 180-degree turn after briefly gliding, then crashing into a lone tree on the side of a hill. The witnesses went to the nearest fire station and reported the crash to the crew on duty.

The victim was initially reported to be hanging from a cliff.

Responding firefighters found the victim deceased, still suspended in his harness. They removed him, and his body was in the custody of the county coroner’s office, Nelson said.

The man’s identity was not being released pending family notification. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.

The launch point is linked to the Crestline Soaring Society and is within the San Bernardino National Forest, according to a sign at the site.

KTLA’s Scott Williams contributed to this article.