Ron Holder of Rupert, Idaho, died after his hang glider crashed on Tuesday morning, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's office.
"Whatever happened today is obviously an unfortunate accident. We don’t know if it was a completely unavoidable thing, whether experience had a role in it or not," Cannon said.
CPR was being administered to the 59-year-old man but he succumbed to his injuries.
The crash occurred near the Point of the Mountain Flight Park on the south side.
Utah County Sheriff's deputies, Lehi City police officer and Lehi firefighters responded to the scene.
"It’s just sad, shocking for the whole community, you know," said Iana McGuinness, wife of the instructor helping Holder. She added:
He was a sweet guy, really cool, totally into flying. He’d come down (from Idaho) to have training. He was doing good.
Cannon said crashes are not unusual but a death resulting from a crash is unusual.
"Something, apparently from what the witnesses describe, changed in the direction or speed of the wind and his effort to try to make up for that (failed)," Cannon said. "From what they describe, (Holder) pretty much went straight down."