REMEMBERING OUR DAD
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.