A 27-year-old hang glider from Illinois died Saturday following a crash on a Lake County airfield.

Deputies claim something went wrong during the flight causing the hang glider to go down on the runway at a small airport in Groveland.

The crash occurred around 3:20 p.m. The man was taken to South Lake Hospital, where he died shortly after.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is currently looking into the incident to determine exactly what happened.

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