Glider Pilot Makes Emergency Landing in Kalispell

By Beacon Staff

Authorities say a glider pilot made an emergency landing in a construction zone in Kalispell on Tuesday.

Smith Valley Fire Chief Doug Scarff says the pilot and a passenger “might have ran out of air” before the glider landed safely near the new U.S. 93 bypass in the southwestern part of the city at about 2 p.m. Neither of the occupants was injured.

Kalispell City Airport manager Fred Leistiko says the privately owned glider was returned to the airport without damage by late afternoon.

Gliders, which rely on warm currents of rising air to stay airborne, are typically towed to higher altitudes by airplanes and released.

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