James Michael Dayton identified as Maryland plane crash victim

HOLLYWOOD, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police are identifying a man killed when a glider crashed into trees near St. Mary's County Regional Airport in southern Maryland.

Police announced Sunday that 55-year-old James Michael Dayton of Mechanicsville was killed Friday when the glider he was riding in crashed into trees near the airport in Hollywood.

Authorities say the pilot was 53-year-old Nicholas John Mirales of Prince Frederick. Mirales was in critical condition when he was flown from the crash scene.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesman says the Slingsby 49B glider crashed shortly after takeoff when it became disconnected from its towing plane. The NTSB is expected to release a preliminary report of the accident within 10 days of the crash.