Hang-glider killed in crash

Benalla Ensign - - News -

A West Wodonga man, 45, has died as a re­sult of a hang-glid­ing ac­ci­dent south of Shep­par­ton on Mon­day.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene at the Lock­sley air­field just off Car­modys Rd about 11.15 am.

An Am­bu­lance Vic­to­ria spokesper­son said CPR was in progress when paramedics ar­rived.

They con­tin­ued to work on the man for some time.

Sev­eral units at­tended, in­clud­ing paramedics, a MICA para­medic, and the air am­bu­lance was also sent.

Sey­mour po­lice Sergeant Graeme Cal­laghan said the sin­gle air­craft came to rest within the com­pounds of the airstrip.

‘‘We be­lieve that the hang-glider had been re­leased from the towed air­craft at the time and it was fly­ing on its own,’’ he said.

The Lock­sley air­field is 33 km north of Sey­mour on the Hume Hwy and is reg­u­larly used by hang-glid­ing clubs, which host fly­ins and com­pe­ti­tions. The strip is al­most 2 km long and 100 m wide, ac­cord­ing to the Hang Glid­ing Foun­da­tion of Aus­tralia’s site guide.

‘‘The usual plan of action for each day of op­er­a­tions is for train­ing and aero­tow en­dorse­ments to oc­cur in the early morn­ings and late af­ter­noons with gen­eral tows from mid­day (ish) on­wards,’’ the site guide read.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors at­tended the scene of Mon­day’s in­ci­dent and po­lice will pre­pare a report for the coro­ner.

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