Man killed in Bloem glider crash

Comment on this story
IOL  er24 medic mar 15 Independent Newspapers File photo: Sizwe Ndingane

Bloemfontein - A 55-year-old glider pilot was killed when his aircraft crashed near the Tempe airport in Bloemfontein, Free State police said on Monday.

“The man, believed to be a Norwegian, died at the scene of the accident,” said Captain Chaka Marope.

Police said indications were that the pilot lost control of the aircraft in a strong wind.

The accident happened in a smallholding area about five kilometres from the Tempe airport.

ER24 spokeswoman Luyanda Majija earlier said the glider flipped backward, causing it to hit the launching platform with great impact.

Police have opened an inquest docket

Sapa


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.