Glider crash vic­tim is named

Bangor Mail - - News -

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

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