Tragic glider crash at Gariep Dam

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Athol Terence
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Tragic glider crash at Gariep Dam

Post by Athol Terence » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:39 am

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British glider pilot dies in 150mph cliff crash while celebrating 60th birthday. Peter Reading, of Surrey was enjoying a romantic gliding holiday in South Africa with his wife Ingrid (59), when tragedy struck. He was on his ninth day of pleasure flights on a romantic gliding holiday with wife Ingrid when tragedy struck shortly after take-off flying a Jonker JS-1 Revelation glider. It is believed he stalled the glider went into a deadly spin from which he was unable to recover. The previous day he had taken Ingrid up in a two seater glider for a flight over the Karoo and South Africa’s largest inland dam - the Gariep dam. Rescuers raced to the scene but the glass fibre shell of the glider had shattered into hundreds of pieces. Eye witnesses said he got into difficulties shortly after take-off and it is thought the glider stalled due to lack of speed. It is believed he had corrected the spin and was trying to pull up but ran out of height and slammed into the rocky hillside overlooking the Gariep Dam Airfield at high speed. It slammed almost vertically into the ground killing the professional airline pilot instantly at an estimated 150mph. Club chairman Manni Voigt said that their club was extremely popular with British pilots as it was one of the best long distance and soaring centres anywhere in the world. Manni said “He is a very experienced glider pilot with over 6000 flying hours under his belt and a further tragedy is that he had gone up to fly to celebrate on his 60th birthday.

Peter and Ingrid married in 1987 and had two children son Guy (28) who is an informatics scientist with llika in Southampton and a daughter Gemma Louise (26). Chief Executive Officer of the British Gliding Association Peter Strattem said: "Peter was a very experienced pilot and was both a professional commercial pilot and a recreational glider pilot. "He did a lot of voluntary work as well for his club at Lasham and would be in amongst the top 100 glider pilots in the UK. "It is a tragic loss that will be hard felt among the gliding community. We don't know what happened yet. It is under investigation. Peter was an airline captain with Flybe.

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