Steamboat Springs A helicopter and a single-engine airplane were following up on reports of a downed hang glider just south of the city limits Friday night.
At about 8 p.m., Routt County Search and Rescue flew patterns over a heavily forested ridge that separates the Hunter's Ridge subdivision in the city and the Priest Creek Ranches.
The report of a downed hang glider came into the combined communications center at about 6:30 p.m.
The reporting party said they believed they saw the hang glider go down in the trees above the area of Apres Ski Way and Anthony's Circle.
"We interviewed the reporting party and what they may have seen was a hang glider that just disappeared behind the trees," Routt County Search and Rescue President Joe Stevens said. "We had three pilots who were flying in the valley throughout the day, but they have all been accounted for."
A blue and yellow search helicopter arrived on the scene at about 7:45 p.m. as twilight was already beginning to set in.
It flew repeated low-altitude patterns on both sides of the ridge and along the terrain below the Priest Creek base at the Steamboat Ski Area. The fixed-wing aircraft arrived about 10 minutes later and flew a larger, higher-altitude search pattern until the helicopter departed at about 8:25 p.m. The airplane made a couple of lower-altitude passes over the area and flew back in the direction of Bob Adams Field in the failing light at 8:30 p.m.
"We gave everything a pretty good going-over and weren't able to turn up anything," Stevens said. "We even had search dogs who were going over the area, but they didn't recover any evidence of anything suspicious."
Search and Rescue called off its efforts just after 9 p.m.
"The way it stands right now, we are looking at this as a false report," he said. "Unless we receive a report of someone missing in the area, we are assuming that we have nothing."