12-year-old boy, instructor killed in hang gliding accident in Nevada

A hang-gliding instructor and a 12-year-old boy were killed Friday after a crash at a dry lake bed, Nevada Highway Patrol said.

Las Vegas police and Nevada Highway Patrol responded to a call concerning an accident at the lake bed around 2:50 p.m. near Jean.

The pair was in the air when the truck the hang glider was tethered to took an abrupt turn, police said. KVVU reports the truck driver thought the two victims had been released before making the turn, which is usually done by the person in the glider.

Police said the glider had come crashing down before the tether was released.

Part of the hang gliding team tried to transport the boy into Las Vegas, which is about 30 miles south of Jean, to get medical attention when they tracked down a Nevada Highway Patrol officer.

The Las Vegas Sun reports the trooper tried to give the boy medical attention to the boy. However, medical personnel who arrived on the scene pronounced the boy dead.

The Las Vegas Journal-Review reports the family had made an appointment for the glider to be tethered to the back of the truck. The boy was excited and took the first turn.

Police and the FAA are investigating the crash.

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