Leicester

Glider pilot dies in mid-air crash in Leicestershire

Lubenham crash Image copyright ANDREW CARPENTER
Image caption The pilot died at the scene of the crash

A glider pilot has died in a mid-air collision between a glider and a light aircraft.

The man died at the scene after he crashed into a field near Lubenham, Leicestershire, shortly before 13:00 GMT.

The light aircraft went on to land safely after the incident near Market Harborough.

Leicestershire Police has launched a joint investigation with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

Image copyright ANDREW CARPENTER
Image caption The glider came down in a field near Lubenham in Leicestershire
Image copyright Andrew Carpenter
Image caption Leicestershire Police has launched a joint investigation with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch

A police spokesman said: "From initial enquiries carried out at the scene, officers believe the glider had been in collision with a light aircraft prior to coming down in the fields.

"The man on board the glider has been pronounced dead at the scene."

A stretch of Laughton Road is closed and is expected to remain so until Monday.

Image copyright Andrew Carpenter
Image caption A stretch of Laughton Road is closed and is expected to remain so until Monday
Image caption The light aircraft involved in the crash went on to land safely near Market Harborough

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