- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

COLD SPRING, Wis. (AP) - Sheriff’s officials say a Minnesota man has died in a hang-gliding accident in southern Wisconsin.

Authorities say 57-year-old of Joseph Julik of Taylors Falls, Minnesota, was hang gliding at an airport north of Whitewater on Monday when his glider caught a wind shear, which caused it to pitch to one side and nosedive about 100 feet.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeff Parker says the wingtip of Julik’s glider struck another glider that was tethered to the ground, causing the aircraft to flip over.

Parker tells the Daily Union (https://bit.ly/1u8VgaQ ) Julik was visiting a friend in Whitewater and the pair had been hang gliding the past several days at Gutzmer’s Twin Oaks Airport, which is home to the Whitewater Hang Gliding Club.

He says Julik was experienced in the sport.

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Information from: Daily Jefferson County Union, https://www.dailyunion.com


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