HOLLYWOOD, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are identifying a man killed when a glider crashed into trees near St. Mary’s County Regional Airport in southern Maryland.
Police announced Sunday James Michael Dayton, 55, of Mechanicsville was killed Friday when the glider he was riding in crashed into trees near the airport in Hollywood.
Authorities say the pilot was Nicholas John Mirales, 53, of Prince Frederick. Mirales was in critical condition when he was flown from the crash scene.
A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the Slingsby 49B glider crashed shortly after takeoff when it became disconnected from its towing plane. The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report of the accident within 10 days of the crash.
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