News Plane Crashes — 30 September 2017

A PILOT has died after the glider he was flying crash landed into a paddock in Victoria’s northeast on Saturday afternoon.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Natalie Savino said the glider came down in a paddock on Murray Road shortly before 2pm.

“The exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be established” she said.

The man died on the scene.

Sergeant Shaun Hellier said the pilot had died in a crash landing.

Sgt Hellier said a passing motorist saw the glider low in the sky and coming in at a steep angle just before it struck the ground alongside Murray Rd between the Midland Highway and Benalla-Yarrawonga Rd.

“It looks at this stage as though the pilot had been attempting an emergency landing,” Sgt Hellier said.

“We might know more when the Melbourne investigators arrive and recover the glider’s black box”.

Police are yet to release the identity of the man, however the Gliding club of Victoria released a statement on the incident:

“It is with heavy hearts that we at the Gliding Club of Victoria confirm that there has been an incident resulting in the fatality of one of our members.

This is a difficult time for our entire club. Further details cannot be released at this stage”.

It is understood the man was serving on the board of the Gliding Club of Victoria when he died.

A spokesman told the Herald Sun news of their member’s death came as a shock.

“Everyone at the club is in quite a bit of shock. It’s a tragedy and we are all deeply saddened by the news”.

The spokesman said the pilot had been with the club for approximately 15 years.

Investigators from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority as well as the Gliding Club of Victoria are currently on the scene.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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