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Hang glider in serious condition after Lookout Mountain crash

By Christy Steadman
Posted 10/28/15

A man was transported to the hospital in serious condition after crashing into Lookout Mountain during a hang gliding expedition.The man, who has not yet been identified other than being in his 50s, …

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Golden

Hang glider in serious condition after Lookout Mountain crash

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A man was transported to the hospital in serious condition after crashing into Lookout Mountain during a hang gliding expedition.

The hang glider who has not yet been identified other than being in his 50s, crashed at about 1 p.m. Thursday, approximately 300 feet from the roadway—just below the Colorado School Mines’ M on the east-facing side of the mountain.

"No one saw what happened. He's here 3-4 days a week,  an expert pilot," said a friend of the injured man who was at the scene. He wished to only be identified as David H.

"I want to thank the police, search and rescue, fire department, EMT's, everyone who helped," said David.

The reason for the crash — possibly wind factors or equipment malfunction — is unknown said Golden Fire Department Chief John Bales.

The rescue, performed by the Golden Fire Department with assistance from Foothills Fire, took approximately 40 minutes. Crews rappelled down to the injured man and was able to get him on an ambulance via a “rope-rescue system,” Bales said.

The man did not appear to have any obvious fractures, but may have suffered some internal injuries, Bales said. However, rescue crews were unable to do a full evaluation on scene, Bales added.

“All these technical rescues are difficult,” Bales said. But “it’s one of those things we’re trained to do.”

This one, he added, “went off without a hitch.”

Reporter Glenn Wallace contributed to this report.

Lookout Mountain, Hang gliding, the M, Golden, emergency, Christy Steadman

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