Missing pilot found dead with crashed glider

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Police in Gudbrandsdalen confirmed Monday that they had found the wreckage of a glider and its missing pilot at an elevation of 1,700 meters in the mountains at Lesja. 

Emergency crews had been searching for the missing pilot and his glider since Thursday evening, when he’d sent out an emergency call and then disappeared.

The search resumed Monday morning and police said a helicopter crew spotted the wreckage above timberline near Mjogsjøen in Lesjafjellet.

The pilot, a man in his 30s from Poland, was said to be highly experienced and was participating in an event organized by NTNU Flyklubb, a flying club tied to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. Friends and colleagues in the club had taken part in the search and rescue operation.

The cause of the crash has not been determined.

newsinenglish.no staff