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Woman is critically injured in hang-gliding crash near Jean

July 14, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a woman is hospitalized in critical condition after a hang-gliding crash near the Jean dry lake beds south of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Metro Police say search and rescue crews were called about 7:30 p.m. Saturday to help the woman, who was injured during a hard landing.

The woman’s name hasn’t been released yet.

The dry lake bed near Jean is a popular spot for hang gliders, but there have been fatal crashes there in the past.

A 55-year-old hang gliding instructor and an 11-year-old boy died after a March 2015 crash.

The Bureau of Land Management said at the time that the instructor didn’t have a permit to operate on federal land when that crash occurred.

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