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Glider pilot dies in crash at Rifle Garfield County Airport

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened on Thursday night.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating what caused a deadly glider crash at the Rifle Garfield County Airport on Thursday night. 

According to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office (GCSO), police were called to the Garfield County Airport shortly after 5 p.m in reference to a plane crash. 

GCSO said the crash involved an airplane glider. Police said the male pilot, later identified as 73-year-old Shmuel Dimentstein of Glenwood Springs, died as a result of the crash. He was the only one on board.

Credit: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office

Officials said the area where the crash happened was cleared and secured by 9 p.m.

NTSB is taking over the investigation and working to learn what caused the crash. 

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