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Pilot dies after two gliders collide in mid-air

A glider pilot has died following a mid-air collision in Leicestershire.

Leicestershire Police said that they were called on Thursday after reports of a glider crashing following a mid-air collision with a second glider.

One glider was found in a field in Alderman Way, Melton Mowbray, and the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second glider landed safely nearby, with the pilot sustaining minor injuries.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been notified and will be leading the investigation.

When approached by PA news agency, the AAIB declined to comment but a spokesperson said that the wreckage had been recovered and the investigation was ongoing.

A spokesperson for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said: “We received a call from Leicestershire Police at 15:05 to a microlight or glider that had crashed in a field in Melton Mowbray.

“We sent an appliance from Melton Mowbray Station and Birstall Station.”

A spokesperson for the East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 2.57pm on Thursday August 17 to Melton Mowbray. The caller reported a medical emergency.

“We sent a paramedic in an ambulance car, a fast response car, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance was also in attendance.”

Leicestershire Police has urged anyone with information or footage of the incident to contact police on 101, quoting incident 422 of August 17.