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Glider crash leaves pilot dead

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The scene was sealed off

A pilot died when the glider he was in crashed in a field in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service said it found the man, described as elderly, after being called to Ratley, near Banbury, at about 1740 BST on Saturday.

The flight began at Aston Down, Gloucestershire, the British Gliding Association said.

Warwickshire Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said investigations had been launched into the cause of the crash.

'Inspecting wreckage'

Police added the scene had been sealed off.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: "It quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man."

The service was assisted by ambulance staff from Oxfordshire. The man was declared dead at the scene.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service said the crash was near the B4086, between Ratley and Edgehill.

A spokeswoman said several crews attended to assist in the release of the pilot, who was trapped in the glider.

An AAIB spokesman said investigators were still at the site on Sunday "inspecting the wreckage and talking to witnesses".

He said: "Once the inspectors have concluded their investigations, the wreckage will be moved.

"Once the information is in, a report will be released in due course."

The AAIB is called to investigate air crashes in the UK.



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