Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Girl, 16, dies in hang glider crash

A 16-year-old girl has died after a hang gliding crash in Derbyshire
A 16-year-old girl has died after a hang gliding crash in Derbyshire

A 16-year-old girl has died after a hang gliding crash, police said.

The incident, in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, is being investigated by officers from Derbyshire Constabulary and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

A police spokesman said: "At approximately 13.45 on Friday 28 October, a hang glider crashed to the ground during a training flight at Darley Moor, Ashbourne.

"Unfortunately the 16-year-old pilot died from her injuries shortly afterwards at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.

"Police are working with air accident investigators to determine the cause of this tragedy."

A spokeswoman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said two investigators were working at the scene of the crash.

She added: "Investigations continue today. The glider will be taken to AAIB headquarters in Farnborough."

The crash happened at an airfield operated by Airways Airsports.

A member of staff for the company said: "Nobody here is commenting on the incident as it is still under investigation by the police."

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