A 59-year-old man from Rupert, Idaho, died Tuesday after crashing a hang glider at the Point of the Mountain Flight Park in Lehi.
Lehi medical personnel performed CPR on Ron Holder, who was in cardiac arrest on the southern slope before he passed away, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. Holder sustained serious head injuries.
Cannon said it was the man’s first time hang gliding solo, when at about 10:30 a.m., witnesses said the wind died, and as Holder tried to turn into the wind, he fell “straight down” approximately 50 feet.
“This was his very first time flying alone,” Cannon said at the scene Tuesday.
Holder was with family and a flight instructor when the crash occurred.
LifeFlight was dispatched to the crash. Holder’s name was released at about 6 p.m. Tuesday.