Man dies after glider collides with another light aircraft


A man has died after a glider crashed into a field following a mid-air collision with another light aircraft.

Leicestershire Police have launched a joint investigation with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch after the victim was pronounced dead at the scene near the village of Lubenham.

The light aircraft went on to land safely after the crash, which happened shortly before 1pm on Sunday, the force said.

A police spokesman said: "Emergency services were called out to an area off Laughton Road in Lubenham following reports of a glider having landed in the field.

"Officers from Leicestershire Police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are conducting an investigation to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the incident.

"From initial enquiries carried out at the scene, officers believe the glider had been in collision with a light aircraft prior to coming down in the fields.

"The man on board the glider has been pronounced dead at the scene."

Laughton Road is currently closed from its junction with the A4304 to Bunkers Hill, and is expected to remain closed until Monday. Diversions are in place and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.