Hang glider suffers broken leg when gust of wind knocks him down

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PHOENIX (AP) - A hang glider pilot trying to launch off at a popular mountaintop in north Phoenix suffered a broken leg when a gust of wind slammed his craft into the mountain.

Phoenix Fire Department spokesman Capt. Scott Walker says the 25-year-old man was taking off from the mountain near Central Avenue and Thunderbird Road at about 2 p.m. Tuesday.

The pilot was conscious when firefighters arrived. There is an access road to the site, so crews were able to put him on a stretcher and drive him down the mountain rather than carry him down.

The mountaintop is a city park that is a popular launching site for hang gliders.

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