Thursday, December 06, 2012

Glider crash claims a life - Narromine, New South Wales, Australia

 The gliding accident that claimed the life of a 51-year-old man in Narromine on Wednesday.

A report is being prepared for the Coroner following the death of a 51-year-old Queensland man in a glider crash in Narromine on Wednesday.

Emergency services were called to the Warren Road, near the Narromine Aerodrome, at about 4.50pm after a glider, which had been attempting to land, came down on the roadway.

Inspector Brad Johnston from Orana Local Area Command said the man was flying as part of the glider championships being held in the town.

"All incidents (like this) are serious, but when we received the initial reports we weren't aware a fatality was going to result," Inspector Johnston said.

"The circumstances (of the crash) are being investigated and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.

"Detectives from Dubbo are conducting the investigation and will get specialist assistance where required."

Inspector Johnston said the pilot's name could not be released at the time of going to press.

"He has family in Queensland and his family has been notified and arrangements are being made to conduct a formal identification. Once that is done we'll be able to release his name," Inspector Johnston said.

Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, Ambulance and VRA attended the incident.

"The wreckage has been cleaned up and it's been taken away for examination," Inspector Johnston said.

It is understood the pilot died at Narromine Hospital after being taken out of the aircraft.

Inspector Johnston said he had not heard any reactions from people at the aerodrome but imagined they would be very upset.

This incident comes as a huge shock to the community after what had, up until then, been a successful event.

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A pilot has died after his glider crash landed at Narromine. Emergency services were called to Warren Rd, near Narromine Airport, north of the town, about 4:50pm on Wednesday after the pilot attempted to land on the roadway.  

The dead pilot reportedly is 51-year-old Queensland man, Errol Spletter, who was taking part in glider championships being held in the town. He died in Narromine Hospital after being removed from the aircraft, reports say. 

The wreckage has been taken away for examination and a report is being prepared for the Coroner.