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Old 4th Dec 2016, 17:02
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Glider & Cessna midair collision

The glider pilot did not survive it seems.

Glider pilot dies in mid-air crash in Leicestershire - BBC News

I'm assuming that when they say "Market Harborough" they mean "Husbands Bosworth" which is a popular glider field ... so maybe it was the tow plane?

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Old 4th Dec 2016, 17:08
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That's very close to Husbands Bosworth.
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Old 4th Dec 2016, 17:39
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Glider was on a local flight from Husbands Bosworth:

Glider pilot killed 'after mid-air crash with light aircraft'

Nothing in the article to suggest that the light aircraft involved was the tug.
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Old 4th Dec 2016, 17:49
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Crash site just outside Lubenham, which is between Harboro and Bosworth. It came down around 6 miles from the glider site.
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"Nothing in the article to suggest that the light aircraft involved was the tug."

Except that the light aircraft landed safely there ...
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The light aircraft was not the tug.
Glider was a single seat junior and pilot was a very experienced instructor.

Glider was from HB.

Heli med on the scene pretty quickly but quite clear it wasn't survivable.

Light aircraft went on to land safely- not sure what type or where to/from- It didn't land at HB.

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The other aircraft involved appears to have landed safely at Leicester EGBG with substantial damage to the end of the starboard wing (C152).
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Originally Posted by paperHanger View Post
"Nothing in the article to suggest that the light aircraft involved was the tug."

Except that the light aircraft landed safely there ...
I have no idea whether it landed there or not.

But if you're involved in a mid-air it's usually prudent to land ASAP. And if it's a glider flying on a local sortie that you hit, it wouldn't be altogether surprising if the gliding field turned out to be the closest choice. Doesn't mean that's where you departed from, or that you were towing a glider.
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The other aircraft involved in the mid-air was Cessna 150L G-CSFC, based at Hinton-in-the-Hedges, operated by Go Fly Oxford Aircraft Rentals.

Photo of the damage here:

https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net...2a&oe=58BC37AF



An AAIB field investigation has been launched.
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A sad event, the C 150 pilot did a good job in getting down safely, that damage would certainly affect how the 150 flew. Lookout and visibility are a challenge in a 150 for all the reasons we know.

Since when has a glider not been a 'Plane'?
In Canada, a long time:

aeroplane means a power-driven heavier-than-air aircraft that derives its lift in flight from aerodynamic reactions on surfaces that remain fixed during flight
Which is why aeroplane pilots are not automatically entitled to fly gliders on their aeroplane license.
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Glider was a single seat Junior, Polish built.

Truly amazing that the Cessna was able to land safely. No doubt the AAIB will be able to interpret what happened from the damage to the wing of the Cessna.

There used to be an air ambulance heli stationed just over the road from HB.
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A very sad loss. The pilot was well respected in both gliding circles and commercial (heavy jet) circles. My thoughts with his family and friends at this very sad time.
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I had no idea about Balleka.
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The helicopter based just across the road from HB is a police helo. Not air ambulance
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Monitoring 121.5 as this occurred, someone was holding station over the site to allow D&D to get a fix, remaining on site until the air ambulance arrived. I doubt that medical assistance could have arrived any quicker, kudos to that pilot and RIP to the glider pilot.
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Dave Reid, I took that picture, not sure where you got it from??

I was flying into Leicester and was overhead Market Harborough at the time, I heard the call made by the Cessna pilot, he did a very good job but amazed he didn't declare a Pan or a Mayday, in fact Leicester asked him if he was declaring an emergency and he said no,I think I would have done. He landed just after me.
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Have they released the pilots name?
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Have they released the pilots name?
It's not yet in the public domain but it's very sad news for many who knew him.
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It is now:

Glider who died after suspected mid-air collision is named | Leicester Mercury
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He was a thoroughly nice chap and a former RAF Group Captain. He will be missed by many.
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