2 killed in Jacumba glider crash identified

JACUMBA, Calif. - Two men killed Saturday in a glider crash near the county-owned airport at 45696 Old Highway 80, one mile east of Jacumba, were identified Sunday by the Medical Examiner.

Killed in the crash were Richard Riley Noble, 63, of La Jolla and Martin Gary Rothwell, 54, of San Diego.

The Medical Examiner said both men went to Jacumba Airport to fly a glider. Their glider was towed and the towline was released at about 100 feet, according to the Medical Examiner.

For unknown reasons, the glider went out of control, rapidly decelerated and struck the ground, according to the Medical Examiner.

Witnesses called 911. Responding medical personnel confirmed the death of the two men whom they said died due to obvious fatal trauma.

An autopsy has not yet been performed.

The Federal Aviation Administration was continuing an investigation into the glider crash.

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