Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Date 20 Jan 2012


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Investigators complete glider scene examination

CAA Safety Investigators have completed their examination of the fatal accident site and glider wreckage near Omarama.

Colin Grounsell and Matt Harris were flown by helicopter to the site this morning, and have now released the wreckage to the owners. It is being cleared from the vicinity of Snowy Top peak, West Diadem Creek near Omarama this afternoon.

Colin Grounsell says the glider wreckage was lying at about 5400 feet on a tussock-covered slope in a reasonably large open area of hillside, and that there was no difficulty in reaching it.

The CAA team are remaining in the Omarama area today to conduct interviews, and will return to Wellington tomorrow.

A preliminary report into the accident can be expected within four weeks.

Illustration of Glider Accident, Omarama 20 Jan 2012

Illustration of Glider Accident, Omarama 20 Jan 2012

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