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Glider pilot rescued from trees on I-80 near Blue Canyon

A glider lost power and crashed into trees in the median of Highway 80 near the Blue Canyon Road offramp.
A glider lost power and crashed into trees in the median of Highway 80 near the Blue Canyon Road offramp. Photos provided by California Highway Patrol

Fire crews on Friday extricated a glider pilot from trees in the median of Interstate 80, near the Blue Canyon Road offramp.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the glider was hanging in trees about 25 feet off the ground. The lone occupant was seat-belted in the glider and reportedly had suffered minor cuts.

The aircraft lost power went down shortly after 2:30 p.m. The CHP reported that it took fire crews a while to get the pilot out of the plane and onto the ground, but he walked away with only minor injuries.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the glider is a Glob Flugzeugbau. The FAA Registry lists the registered owner as Richard L. Pearl of Lincoln.

The California Department of Transpiration reported that although no lanes were closed, traffic on eastbound I-80 was slow in the area of the crash.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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