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Experienced Hang Glider Dies In Crash

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A man described as an experienced hang glider was found dead after he failed to meet up with the rest of his group after takeoff.Authorities were called around 6:20 p.m. on Saturday evening in the Kagel Mountain area near Sylmar after four hang gliders realized one of their companions had failed to meet up with them at a rally point. Because of the mountainous terrain, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department had to use a helicopter to search the area. His body was found next to his hang glider, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

NBC 4 reports that authorities have identified the man as 59-year old Markus Michael Albert Schaedler of West Hollywood. WEHOville says that Schaedler worked as a chef in the L.A. area and was a member of the Sylmar Hang Gliding Association.

Schaeder had taken off from a mountain peak known as Hang Glider Point with his four flight companions. It is unclear what was the cause of Schaeder's death, though the Sylmar Hang Gliding Association says that many of the dangers hang gliders have in the area include winds, power lines, low-flying aircraft, and even a shooting range.