Inspectors hope to revisit site today

Civil Aviation Authority inspectors hope to get back to the site of a glider crash, near Omarama, today to complete a site inspection.

Ichiro Murai (54), a visiting Japanese glider pilot, was killed, and Lemuel Tanner (68) was seriously hurt when the glider crashed on Friday.

CAA spokesman Bill Sommer said it was too windy to land on the site, on Mount St Cuthbert, yesterday.

However, the inspectors managed to interview quite a few witnesses off-site.

The inspectors spent about three and a-half hours on the site on Sunday afternoon before they had to pull out because of weather conditions.

They hoped to return this morning and thought they needed about two hours at the crash scene.

They would then supervise the removal of the glider.

Mr Sommer said Mr Tanner, the crash survivor, seemed to be recovering "pretty well" and one of the investigators might speak to him on the telephone at Dunedin Hospital today.

More formal statements would be taken at a later date.

A data recorder had been recovered from the glider.

While they would not get a lot of information from that, as the glider had not been airborne very long, it would give some information to back up the facts they were getting from witnesses and the survivor.

 

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