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Search resumed for missing glider pilot

Two helicopters and seven small aircraft resumed the search Monday morning for a missing glider pilot who disappeared while out flying around Bjorli in the mountains of northern Gudbrandsdalen late last week.

The missing man in his 30s was said to be an experienced pilot when his aircraft disappeared Thursday evening. A search continued through the weekend, in a widespread area near the county borders of Oppland and Møre og Romsdal, both above and below timberline.

Emergency crews from the Red Cross and civil defense have contributed to both the ground and air search, while Norwegians beginning autumn holidays in the area were asked to keep an eye out while hiking.

“We have spoken with doctors about the pilot’s survival chances,” search leader Andreas Bull told state broadcaster NRK Monday morning. “If he used a parachute and didn’t crash, and with the clothing he had on, he has good changes of surviving.”

The pilot was taking part in the autumn meeting of a flying club tied to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. Another glider and small aircraft picked up an emergency call from the pilot on the radio Thursday evening. There was no “black box” on the glider that could help pinpoint its location, but the plane was believed to be in the vicinity of the mountaintop Digervarden in Reinheimen National Park. staff



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