News short: Motorists watch as pilot lands glider in field alongside Interstate 15

A glider lands in a field near Interstate 15's Exit 120 for Manderfield, Utah, June 24, 2016 | Traffic cam images courtesy of Utah Department of Transportation, Cedar City News / St. George News

BEAVER — The pilot of a single-seat glider landed safely in a field alongside Interstate 15 north of Beaver at the Manderfield Exit 120 Friday.

Utah Highway Patrol Lt. Steve Esplin said the 56-year-old pilot was flying from Beaver to Fillmore when thermal winds subsided and it was necessary to try and land the glider. A passing motorist called the incident in to officials.

“The winds were not working for him so he turned around and ran out of air, so he landed the glider in the field,” Esplin said.

Once the glider had safely landed, four men helped pick it up and load it onto a truck. The glider was light enough in weight that the men could easily carry it, Esplin said.

The glider, which measures about 25-feet to 30-feet from wing tip to wing tip, was not damaged, he added.

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