Robert Burns 3/25/78 Potter Flats Hang Glider Crash

Hang-Gliding Death

ADN 3/27/78

The first man ever to hang-glide from the summit of Mt. McKinley died early Saturday Afternoon in a hang-glider accident near Potter Flats south of Anchorage.

Alaska State Troopers say that Robert P. Burns, 30, of Anchorage, was pronounced dead at Providence Hospital following the 1:30 p.m. incident. Troopers say the accident is under investigation.

Anchorage radio station KFQD, in weekend reports of the accident, quoted an "informed source" as saying that Burns was testing a newly-designed hang-glider at the time.