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Veterans' joy flights end in tragedy as glider, light plane collide in mid-air

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The sole occupants of two light aircraft have died after colliding mid-air and crashing into a paddock at Kybong, near Gympie, Queensland police say.

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Emergency crews responded to the incident involving a glider and another light aircraft at about 2.45pm on Wednesday.

“We’ve got two scenes in a paddock nearby, they are approximately 200 metres apart and spread across a bit of a distance,” Queensland Police Inspector Brad Inskip said on Wednesday.

“This is a tragic incident, and quite a graphic scene left there for all the emergency services.”

Police said the pilots and sole occupants in each aircraft, an 80-year-old Caboolture man and a 77-year-old Glenwood man, were declared dead at the scene.

The glider left from a local gliding club, but it’s unknown where the ultralight aircraft came from.

“It’s a terrible scene, terrible incident, terrible for the family and obviously those involved,” Inskip said.

“It’s a small little regional gliding club, they all know each other, so this is going to hit the community very hard.”

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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