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Date:Wednesday 5 June 2024
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Crouch Lane, Barlavington, near Petworth, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A man has died after his aircraft crashed in a West Sussex village; police have confirmed. A glider crashed in Barlavington – four miles south of Petworth in the Chichester district – on Wednesday evening (June 5).

Sussex Police issued a statement on Thursday morning, which read: “Emergency services were called to a report of a glider crashing into a field near Crouch Lane, Barlavington at around 6.05pm.

"Sadly, a 73-year-old man who was both the pilot and sole occupant of the glider, died at the scene. His next of kin and the coroner has been notified.”

Officers remain at the scene and an ‘increased police presence can be expected’ in the area. They are being assisted by fire crews and paramedics, as well as an air ambulance and a Coastguard chopper.

Witnesses of the incident, or anyone with any information or footage is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial 1124 of 05/06.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is understood to have been made aware. An AAIB spokesperson said: "The AAIB has begun an investigation into an accident involving a glider which occurred yesterday near Petworth, West Sussex. A team of inspectors has been sent to the accident site to begin gathering evidence and make enquiries.”

Barlavington is a small village and civil parish in the Chichester district of West Sussex, England. The village is situated about four miles (6.4 km) south of Petworth, east of the A285 road.


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Revision history:

06-Jun-2024 12:10 sharla82 Added
06-Jun-2024 13:46 Handydino Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Category]
06-Jun-2024 14:46 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
06-Jun-2024 14:46 ASN Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
06-Jun-2024 15:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Jun-2024 19:36 Andrew Simmonds Updated [[Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]]
11-Jun-2024 12:38 Anon. Updated [Category]

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