Pilot dies in glider accident in central Spain

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-09 05:20:11|Editor: yan
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MADRID, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- A pilot died on Saturday in a collision between two gliders in the Fuentemilanos aerodrome, close to the city of Segovia in central Spain, local emergency services reported.

The accident happened at 16:20 local time when one glider, which was coming in to land, hit another which was waiting to take off at the end of the runway.

It is believed that the first glider suddenly lost altitude in the closing meters of its approach and its wing hit the pilot of the second plane, who was standing outside of his aircraft at the time.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene, but the victim, who according to reports was the director of the small aerodrome, was pronounced dead on the scene despite efforts to resuscitate him.

This is the second fatal air accident in Spain in just two days, following the death of two people in an accident involving a light place close to Barcelona, northeast Spain on Friday evening.

For reasons which are still being investigated, the single engine craft crashed into the roof of a building next to a petrol station in the town of Badia del Valles as it was preparing to land at Sabadell airport, killing both occupants on board.