Pi­lot who died in Goondi­windi glider crash owned Dalby mo­tel

Dalby Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Tara Miko and Michael Doyle

THE pi­lot of a glider which crashed on Mon­day near Goondi­windi has been iden­ti­fied as the owner of a Dalby mo­tel.

Vic­to­rian man Si­mon Brown, who owned the Dalby Parkview Mo­tel, was iden­ti­fied on Mon­day by au­thor­i­ties as the per­son who died in the ac­ci­dent on the Queens­land-New South Wales bor­der.

Em­ploy­ees of the mo­tel said they were shocked when they learnt of Mr Brown’s death.

The 75-year-old has been in charge of the mo­tel since 2010.

Dalby Parkview Mo­tel man­ager Terry Mere­field said it had been a tough week for the busi­ness.

“We got a shock when we found out. Ev­ery­one is very shaken,” she said.

“The Dalby Parkview Mo­tel staff were shocked and stunned when Nicholas (Mr Brown’s son) rang us.

“At this stage busi­ness is con­tin­u­ing to run as usual.

“We are very sad­dened by the news and I have sent our con­do­lences to his fam­ily and let them know we are here to help them.”

Glid­ing Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Peter Cesco said Mr Brown was an ex­pe­ri­enced glider pi­lot and a mem­ber of the Glid­ing Club of Vic­to­ria who was well-known in the sport­ing in­dus­try.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are con­tin­u­ing into the cause of the crash on the first day of com­pe­ti­tion at the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

“Si­mon was fly­ing his JS1C sin­gle seat glider,” Mr Cesco said.

“He had re­leased from aero­tow and was seen fly­ing straight for a few min­utes and then the glider was ob­served descend­ing ver­ti­cally at high speed into the ground.

“Pi­lot med­i­cal is­sues will be in­ves­ti­gated by coro­nial au­thor­i­ties.

“Con­sid­er­able fur­ther work is needed to ac­cess flight records and re­con­struct the flight, and cor­re­late with me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal data.

“Mem­bers will ap­pre­ci­ate that more in­ves­ti­ga­tions are re­quired be­fore firm con­clu­sions can be drawn.

“Our thoughts and con­do­lences are with Si­mon’s fam­ily and his many glid­ing friends.”

Mr Cesco said GFA op­er­a­tions and air­wor­thi­ness in­ves­ti­ga­tors were work­ing with po­lice and coro­nial au­thor­i­ties.

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