Namibia glider crash probed

2014-12-02 20:16
Glider ASH25 EB28

Glider ASH25 EB28

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Windhoek - Investigations into the cause of a gliding accident in south-central Namibia, in which two New Zealanders were killed, continued on Tuesday.

"The department of civil aviation in the transport ministry and the police continue investigations," said Bernd Dolba of Kiripotib Flying, a lodge specialising in gliding tourism.

"The cause of the accident is still not known. We know from the wreckage that a wing had come off," Dolba told a Sapa correspondent.

"The two pilots were very experienced, the plane was in mint condition and the weather was very good."

The accident happened on Sunday afternoon at the farm Neu Simmern, some 220km south-east of Windhoek, about 50km from the farm Kiripotib, where Kiripotib Flying operates from.

William (Bill) Walker, 66, from Queenstown and David Speight, 77, from Arrowtown in New Zealand had been flying a motorised glider of the type ASH-25-EB-28, which was registered in Germany.

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