TAMAQUA, Pa. (AP) – The death of a New York City man in a glider crash in Pennsylvania has been ruled accidental. The Schuylkill County coroner says 65-year-old William Hanson of Queens died of multiple blunt force trauma but his death was “as close as instantaneous as possible” in Friday afternoon’s crash in Walker Township.
Dr. David Moylan III said he believes the flight originated in New Jersey. Officials said the LAK-17 model glider plane was found in pieces after it apparently went down into a patch of bushes.
Deputy Coroner Albert Barnes said the experimental aircraft was made of fiberglass and apparently “just kind of came apart” in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
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