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Wife witnesses husband's fatal glider crash

UPDATE 2.15PM: THE pilot killed in a glider crash west of Toowoomba this morning has been identified as Jeremy Thompson, 62.

Mr Thompson had been instructing an Airlie Beach man, 60, in his third lesson at the Darling Downs Soaring Club in Bowenville and had taken off shortly before 10am.

In a tragic turn, Mr Thompson's wife had been piloting the tow plane needed to lift a glider into the air.

Jeremy Thompson, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jeremy Thompson, 62, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Darling Downs Inspector Stephen Angus said Mr Thompson's wife had landed her plane and about 10 minutes later watched as the glider approached the landing field.

"When it was 15m from the ground (it has) subsequently crashed into a nearby cultivated paddock," Insp. Angus said.

Another student pilot was the first on scene and attempted CPR on Mr Thompson and his student but they were unable to be revived.

Insp. Angus said Mr Thompson was a "very senior flying instructor".

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined.

UPDATE 12.50PM: POLICE have confirmed that one of the people killed in a glider crash today is from the Darling Downs.

Two men, an instructor and student, were on-board at the time of the crash.

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

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.

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

UPDATE 11.52AM: FURTHER details have emerged regarding this morning's double fatality at the Darling Downs Soaring Club.

Queensland Police Senior Constable Paul Holgate confirmed the incident happened not long after taking flight.

"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."

UPDATE 11.25AM: TWO men are dead after a glider crashed during landing west of Toowoomba this morning.

Christopher Thorpe from the Australian Gliding Federation said the reasons for the crash at the Darling Downs Soaring Club at Bowenville were still unknown, but that the glider had collided with the ground during landing.

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

"Our thoughts are with family and friends of the deceased," Mr Thorpe said. 

The Australian Gliding Federation will be assisting police with their investigation.

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said a 000 call was received at 9.52am, and the first of three paramedic crews tasked to the incident arrived on scene at 10.09am.

Two men were initially assessed before the incident was handed to the authority of police.

The Forensic Crash Unit will investigate the cause of the crash.

The coroner will be preparing a report.

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

UPDATE 11AM: AT LEAST one person is confirmed dead after a glider crashed in the Darling Downs this morning.

Emergency services said they were called to an "aviation incident" on Mason Rd, at Bowenville near Dalby, shortly before 10am.

A spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau confirmed it was a fatal incident involving a glider. The number of people involved in the incident has not been confirmed.

The Queensland Ambulance Services earlier said multiple paramedics were on the scene of a "light aircraft" incident in the Darling Downs. A spokeswoman for QAS had said two men were assessed at the scene.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service also confirmed a crew was on the scene of an "incident involving an aircraft" at Bowenville.

A spokeswoman for QFES said the crew had not been required to remove any trapped persons or extinguish a fire.

UPDATE 10.50AM: A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson has confirmed two patients being treated for injuries after an aircraft collision this morning at the Darling Downs Soaring Club are in a critical condition.

The spokesperson was unable to confirm whether the incident happened in the air, despite other media reports suggesting that was the case.

QAS were able to verify that two aircraft had collided at scene, with early reports suggesting the aircraft were gliders.

BREAKING: Queensland police are responding to an "aviation incident" an hour from Toowoomba this morning.

Emergency services were called to Mason Rd, Bowenville, shortly before 10am.

The Queensland Ambulance Services said mulitple paramedics were on the scene of a "light aircraft" incident in the Darling Downs.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service also confirmed a crew was on the scene of an "incident involving an aircraft" at Bowenville.

A spokeswoman for QFES said the crew had not been required to remove any trapped persons or extinguish a fire.

More to come.

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