3 killed in southeast Texas glider crash

by nph | June 18th, 2012

June 18, 2012

A glider is an engine-less aircraft that flies by riding air currents.  Launched by a separate aircraft, the glider is towed 2000 feet into the sky and then released.

About 40 miles west of Houston on Sunday about 5 p.m. near Greater Houston Soaring Association (GHSA)-Wallis Glideport near Wallis, a glider crashed and killed three people, reports MSNBC.com.

Federal investigators and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office are trying to determine what caused the crash.

After being towed airborne and released, the aircraft crashed nose first into the ground, reported the sheriff’s office.

According to The Houston Chronicle, the three killed were a 68-year-old man, a 32 year-old woman, and her son, a three-year-old boy, all from Houston.

A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) spokesperson said that an investigator was on the scene today gathering facts and examining the wreckage.

The Romanian I.C.A. Brasov glider was registered to the Greater Houston Soaring Association. The association is a local group of weekend and holiday gliders from the GHSA Glideport.

At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we investigate every aspect of aviation accident to help victims get answers.

Some common factors that can contribute to general aviation accidents include equipment failure or malfunction, human error, pilot error, and bad weather.

The aviation accident attorneys at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the three people who were killed in this glider accident.