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THE daugh­ter of Jeremy Thomp­son, who died in a glider crash on Tues­day, has opened up about her late fa­ther.

In the state­ment, Sarah Thomp­son paid tribute to her “quiet and hum­ble” fa­ther, going on to say her dad “would have been sur­prised at the out­pour­ing of grief” since his death.

THE daugh­ter of glider pi­lot Jeremy Thomp­son killed in a tragic ac­ci­dent on Tues­day has paid tribute to her “quiet and hum­ble” fa­ther.

In a state­ment, Sarah Thomp­son, the pres­i­dent of the Dar­ling Downs Soar­ing Club, said her fa­ther would be sur­prised at the out­pour­ing of grief that has swept the aviation com­mu­nity.

“We of­fer our deep­est sym­pa­thies to the fam­ily of the stu­dent pi­lot who was killed in the crash,” the state­ment read.

“Jeremy started fly­ing at the age of 12.

“Fly­ing was his life­long love and pas­sion and also how he met his wife of 35 years (Jenny, also a pi­lot at the club).

“Jenny and Jeremy have two daugh­ters (my­self and my sis­ter) and I am also a glider pi­lot. He was proud to send me on my first solo flight.

“One of the things he en­joyed most about fly­ing was teach­ing stu­dents, and re­cently he be­came in­volved in in­struct­ing Air Force cadets in War­wick.

“This year Jeremy re­ceived the most se­nior in­struc­tor rat­ing avail­able to glider pilots.

“My par­ents (Jenny and Jeremy) have been great men­tors, friends, and in­struc­tors, to many stu­dents over the years and have put so much time and love into the sport of glid­ing and into the club.

“We would like to thank the glid­ing com­mu­nity for all their thoughts and mes­sages re­ceived from all over the world.

“Jeremy was a quiet and hum­ble man and he would be sur­prised at the out­pour­ing of grief.”

Mr Thomp­son, 62, passed away on Tues­day in a glider crash in Bowenville.

His stu­dent Nor­bert Gross, 60, also passed away in the ac­ci­dent.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause are on­go­ing.


TRAGEDY: Jenny Thomp­son and hus­band Jeremy Thomp­son, 62, who died in a fa­tal glider crash (in­set) at the Dar­ling Downs Soar­ing Club on Tues­day, Septem­ber 19.


CRASH SIGHT: This crash that claimed the lives of in­struc­tor Jeremy Thomp­son and stu­dent pi­lot Nor­bert Gross at the Dar­ling Downs Soar­ing Club on Tues­day morn­ing.

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