JOHANNESBURG - Free State police have opened an inquest docket following the death of a glider pilot near the Tempe Airport in Bloemfontein on Monday.
The 51-year-old Norwegian, who was on holiday in South Africa, died during a gliding activity that went horribly wrong due to strong wind.
The man’s glider fluctuated backward causing him to lose control and crash on the launching platform at great speed. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene.
“Preliminary police report points to strong wind but we will have to wait for a complete report to know what exactly caused the accident. Police are still tracing the man’s relatives believed to be based in Norway hence we can’t release his identity,” said police spokesperson Captain Chaka Morake.