The Grant County Sheriff's Office released a statement identifying a 64-year old Richland man as the victim who died in a glider accident near Ephrata.

Grant County Sheriff's Office
Grant County Sheriff's Office

Kyle Roberson was piloting a sailplane when it crashed about eight miles west of Ephrata in a remote farm field near Baird Springs Road Northwest and Road J-Northwest late in the afternoon Thursday killing Roberson on impact.

Roberson's body will have an autopsy conducted by the Grant County Coroner. The aircraft was an Alexander Schleicher model ASW28-18 sailplane. The area is popular with glider enthusiasts as the summertime atmospheric thermal layering helps keep gliders aloft.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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