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Downwind soaring attempt ends in Idaho

Moisture, ice and cloud cover combined to prevent the soaring team of Gordon Boettger and Hugh Bennett from crossing the Rockies today.

The pair landed safely in Twin Falls, Idaho, after failing to find a means to move further east than Elko.

Boettger communicated with forecaster Doug Armstrong on the ground using a satellite phone.

Through Armstrong, Boettger said he ran into solid cloud cover forcing him to fly by instruments. Ice formed on the Duo Discus glider the two were attempting to fly across the country.

Boettger and Bennett took off from Minden-Tahoe Airport at about 5:30 a.m., and …

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The Record Courier Updated May 4, 2012 09:07AM Published May 3, 2012 08:20PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.