One killed in glider crash near Omarama

A man has died in a glider crash near Omarama this afternoon.

Sergeant Tony Woodbridge, of Oamaru, said a rescue helicopter crew from Dunedin found the crashed glider and had informed police the pilot did not survive the crash.

Other gliders in the air at the time of the crash alerted emergency services. The crashed glider was found at about 2.45pm, but police were unable to confirm the exact location.

Police were trying to locate the pilot's next of kin, Sgt Woodbridge said.

Police were also working with Gliding New Zealand, the Omarama Gliding Club and Search and Rescue and more details would be released when they were available, he said.

This evening police confirmed they had travelled by 4WD to the crash site on Mt St Cuthbert.

"It is hoped the body can be recovered tonight."

The Civil Aviation Authority has been advised.

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