Hang-glider dies at Locksley airfield

August 14, 2017

Police examine a part of the hanglider which crashed, killing it's occupant, at Locksley Airfield yesterday.

A West Wodonga man, 45, has died as a result of a hang-gliding accident south of Shepparton yesterday.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the Locksley airfield just off Carmodys Rd about 11.15am.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson said CPR was in progress when paramedics arrived.

They continued to work on the man for some time.

Several units attended, including paramedics, a MICA paramedic, and the air ambulance was also sent.

Seymour police Sergeant Graeme Callaghan said the single aircraft came to rest within the compounds of the airstrip.

‘‘We believe that the hang-glider had been released from the towed aircraft at the time and it was flying on its own,’’ he said.

The Locksley airfield is 33km north of Seymour on the Hume Hwy and is regularly used by hang-gliding clubs, which host fly-ins and competitions. The strip is almost 2km long and 100m wide, according to the Hang Gliding Foundation of Australia’s site guide.

‘‘The usual plan of action for each day of operations is for training and aerotow endorsements to occur in the early mornings and late afternoons with general tows from midday(ish) onwards,’’ the site guide read.

Investigators attended the scene of yesterday’s incident and police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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