Moree investigation team heads to scene of Goondiwindi crash of glider pilot

A pilot is dead after he crashed his glider within sight of Goondiwindi on the Queensland/NSW border.

The man who has not been named was taking part in the 37th National Gliding Championship and was one of the first to take off.

Macintye Aero Club Captain, Ian Greenland was the first on the scene after hearing on the two-way the glider had come down a little more than 2km south of the Goondiwindi Aerodrome.

Mr Greenland said the ‘tug” pilot who was assisting gliders into the air raised the alarm. 

“He wouldn’t have been in the air more than a minute,” Mr Greenland said.

Police and Queensland and NSW Fire Services are at the scene waiting for an investigation team from Moree.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on the NSW side of the Macintyre River across from Goondiwindi.

Emergency services rushed to the scene on the NSW side of the Macintyre River across from Goondiwindi.

There is little left of the glider.

Mr Greenland said he went to assist, “you just had to go”, knowing the chances of the pilot being alive was small.

“There was nothing I could do,” he said.

The fatality comes less than three weeks after instructor Jeremy Thompson, 62, and student Norbert Gross, 60, died when their glider crashed in NSW.

The Championship are scheduled to continue until October 19.

More to come.