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Pilot dies in glider crash near Avenal

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A glider pilot from Fresno has died after a crash Saturday evening.

The Kings County Sheriff's Office received a call around 7:30 p.m. about an overdue glider pilot from the Avenal Glider Port.

The Sheriff’s office along with Avenal Police and Kings County Fire began a search in the area around the Avenal airport.

At about midnight, the wrecked glider was located approximately seven miles west of the City of Avenal.

When personnel arrived on scene, they found the pilot, identified as 59-year-old Jan Zanuito.

The investigation is ongoing.

We will bring you any updates as we learn more.


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