Glider crashes in mountains, killing all 3 people on board

August 29, 2018 - 8:26 pm

STOWE, Vt. (AP) — A glider has crashed in the mountains in Vermont, killing all three people on board.

State police say search and rescue crews reached the wreckage near the summit of Sterling Mountain shortly after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and discovered the bodies of the glider pilot and two passengers. Their names have not been released.

State police say a tow plane with the glider attached took off from the Morrisville-Stowe State Airport Wednesday morning. The glider disconnected a short time later.

Morrisville police received a report that the glider was missing Wednesday afternoon. It was later spotted about 1,000 feet (305 meters) from the summit of Sterling Mountain.

The glider was owned by Stowe Soaring. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.