Glider crashes in Julian

JULIAN – A pilot was transported to a hospital after crashing his one-seat glider into a house on state Route 220 in Julian at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.
 
According to witnesses, the glider was flying low and erratically before hitting with a house belonging to Terry Alexander on South Eagle Valley Road.
 
Randy Rockey, the director of Centre County Emergency Management Agency, said that the Federal Aviation Administration has been alerted and will be investigating the scene early Wednesday morning.  The Civil Air Patrol guarded and secured the area overnight.

The glider’s pilot had taken off from Ridge Soaring Gliderport in Julian.

 
Steven Richards, 13, a resident of Julian described the crash as a “loud whoosh followed by a pop and sparks” as the glider hit the porch of the house then fell to the ground.  Allegheny Power examined the power lines and found no damage.
 
This is the second aircraft accident in three days in Centre County. On Sunday, a privately owned plane crashed at the time of take off at Bellefonte Airport. All six passengers survived in that incident.
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