Two dead in glider crash

Glider crash kills 60-year-old instructor, student

POLICE have confirmed two 60-year-old men have been killed after their glider crashed at the Darling Downs Soaring Club outside of Dalby.

The two men, an instructor and student, were on board at the time of the crash. However, it is unknown who was controlling the craft when the accident occurred.

The instructor, believed to be an experienced pilot, was a 62-year-old Darling Downs man and his student, a 60-year-old Jubilee Pocket man, were both pronounced deceased at the scene.

Initial information suggests the glider was coming in to land when it crashed into a field about 30 metres from the runway.

Queensland Police Senior Constable Paul Holgate confirmed that a mechanical error had occurred.

"An instructor and student glider took off at approximately 9.50am," he said.

"At 2400 feet the tow detached from the cable prior to landing and at 30 feet the glider nosedived."

Reports that friends had tried to revive the men at the scene could not be verified.

The Forensic Crash Unit remains on the scene and are currently assisting other agencies with the investigation. 

The Darling Downs Soaring Club at Bowenville, west of Toowoomba.
The Darling Downs Soaring Club at Bowenville, west of Toowoomba. Google Earth

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