Experienced glider pilot killed in championships crash

BREAKING: An experienced glider pilot has been killed in a crash near the Queensland-NSW border this afternoon.

The male pilot, from Victoria, is believed to have been entered in the 37th National Gliding Championship held near Goondiwindi.

Gliding Federation of Australia executive manager of operations Chris Thorpe said initial reports suggested the Jonker JS-1 glider spiralled and crashed on a rural property near Boggabilla about 1.30pm.

The pilot is believed to have suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.

Mr Thorpe said the crash was under investigation including whether mechanical or human error was a major contributing factor.

"Our thoughts are with the pilot's family and friends at this time," Mr Thorpe said.

"This pilot does competitions regularly. It's one of those things where we all know each other."

The fixed-wing craft was seen spiralling moments before it crashed on the property. The crash is being investigated by the GFA and NSW police.

The pilot's name has not been released at this stage.

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