Phil Dolan Wiki – Phil Dolan Biography
Phil Dolan, 67, a pilot killed after two gliders collided in mid-air and plunged to the ground in a devastating crash.
Experienced aviator Phil Dolan was competing in a Challenge Cup event when tragedy struck yesterday afternoon, witnessed by dozens of people. The Edinburgh victim was the popular and respected chairman of the Scottish Gliding Centre. Pete Stratton, CEO of the British Gliding Association which organized the regional contest, said today: ‘Our thoughts are with his family and friends. “While I did not know him personally, a death like this is a rare occurrence and we are very interested in finding out what went wrong.” Horrified locals have recounted their shock after their single-seat glider, a G-KADS is a Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2cxt, crashed into a field in front of their houses, the wreckage landing just yards off a road. busy.
The accident yesterday afternoon was seen by many residents living in a new build housing estate in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. Mr. Dolan was participating in the Husbands Bosworth Challenge Cup. The competition, which runs until Sunday, was called off today due to bad weather conditions. Mr Stratton, speaking to MailOnline, said: “We are reviewing whether the competition will continue in light of the driver’s death, but we did not race today as the weather prevented it. He said it was too soon to say how the crash happened, adding: “We will know more at a later date, and it is in the hands of police and aerial investigators.” The Scottish Gliding Centre, based at Portmoak in Kinross, had posted a message of good wishes to the pilots ahead of the news of the shocking accident. It read: ‘Good luck to all the Portmoak drivers who are competing in the Hus Bos Challenge Cup this week! ‘More than 50 glider pilots will participate in the competition by completing cross country tasks over the 9 days. We wish all our pilots the best of luck! ‘
Phil Dolan was 67 years old.
Phil Dolan Death: Investigation Report
A publication from the Gliding Center, following the tragedy, states: ‘On Thursday 17th August at approximately 15:00, a single-seat glider taking part in the British Gliding Association regional competition held at Husbands Airfield Bosworth, Leicestershire, crashed into a field near Melton Mowbray. The incident is currently under investigation by the Police, the British Association of Gliders, the Air Accidents Investigation Board and the Civil Aviation Authority. “At this time there is no indication as to the cause of the accident, but a full statement will be issued in due course.”
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed that it had also deployed “a field team to investigate” the scene. A Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We received a mobilization message at 15:03 with a report of a glider crashing.” Rutland and Melton MP Alicia Kearns said: “Very sad to see the gliders crashed in Melton today.” My thoughts are with all the families and loved ones of those injured in the accident. I know that everyone in our communities will want a full recovery for everyone and will be waiting for news. My thanks to the emergency services who are responding to this heartbreaking accident.”
A Leicestershire Police spokesman said: “We received a call just before 3pm yesterday with a report that a glider had crashed after being involved in a mid-air collision with a second glider. The glider was found in a field on Alderman Way and the pilot was sadly pronounced deceased at the scene. The second glider landed safely nearby. The pilot suffered minor injuries. Officers attended the scene and were assisted by colleagues from the East Midlands Ambulance Service and Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Department, who were also in attendance. “Leicestershire Police continue to support the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) who will lead the investigation into the incident.”