Wreckage of one of the gliders involved in a midair collision was found in a field near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (Tom Maddick / SWNS)

Pilot killed as two gliders smash into each other in mid-air

‘Mighty bang’ heard over Melton Mowbray as aircraft collided over Leicestershire town, resident says

A pilot has died after two gliders crashed into each other above a town in Leicestershire.

One glider was discovered in a field on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray and the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene, Leicestershire Police said.

The second glider escaped the incident on Thursday afternoon with minor injuries after landing safely nearby.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been notified and will be leading a probe into the crash.

The government agency declined to comment but a spokesperson confirmed that the wreckage had been recovered and the investigation was ongoing.

One resident told the BBC they saw the gliders collide over Melton Mowbray, with one crashing close to the Roundhouse Park housing estate in the west of the town.

David Leach, who lives on Marigold Crescent, said: “I came out and we just looked up watching them circle right above us and then, all of a sudden, there was a mighty bang,” he said.

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