By Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a North Dakota man is dead after a powered hang glider crashed while taking off from an airport in the Phoenix area.

Buckeye police say the only person aboard the aircraft when it crashed Tuesday afternoon at Buckeye Municipal Airport was the pilot, 55-year-old James George III of West Fargo, North Dakota, who was killed.

Police say the cause of the crash isn’t immediately known and that federal agencies are investigating.

Police say the hang glider belonged to a Buckeye resident.

George and a passenger were seriously injured in 2005 when a single-engine plane he was piloting crashed in Fargo, North Dakota, after it lost power shortly after takeoff.

Investigators determined that a mechanic had improperly installed an oil filter on the plane, causing a large oil leak.

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