Glider crash victim is named
THE man killed in a glider crash in Gwynedd has been named.
Nigel John Howes, 64, was found dead in the wreckage of the aircraft on moorland near Blaenau Ffestiniog on Saturday, May 4.
Police and emergency services were alerted to the incident after Mr Howes, from Stockport near Manchester failed to return from a flight over Snowdonia.
North Wales senior coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones said a post mortem examination had been carried out and the results are awaited.
A local gliding enthusiast who asked not to be named said Mr Howes was an “experienced pilot” and was known to be “enthusiastic about making long flights”.
Mr Howes was a former director of the Derby & Lancashire Gliding Club which is based near Buxton.
No-one at the club was available for comment.
An investigation is continuing into the cause the crash.
Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) officials visited the scene of the crash and the wreckage was removed for further, more detailed examination.
Members of the South Snowdonia Mountain Rescue team were involved in the recovery of the body which was subsequently taken to hospital.
On May 4 the weather was said to be perfect for gliding. of