A man piloting a small glider was able to walk away from a crash Sunday afternoon near the Richland Airport, officials said.
The glider crashed on railroad tracks about 3 p.m., between Highway 240 and just north of the airport.
A passerby assisted the pilot out of the aircraft, and the pilot was able to walk away, according to Richland Fire Captain Dean Reents.
The glider was returning to the airport, officials said, and went down less than a half-mile from the end of the runway. The aircraft struck a railroad track embankment, glanced off and over the tracks before coming to rest with its nose buried in an embankment of a railroad spur.
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The cause of the crash is not known, Reents said.
The Tri-City & Olympia Railroad Co. is working on a plan to remove the glider and re-open the track, Reents said.
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