Man dies in glider accident

A Metroplex man was killed Sunday in a glider crash just outside Decatur.

First responders were called to the scene just north of Decatur Municipal Airport about 8:30 p.m. shortly after the aircraft was discovered.

According to the Wise County Messenger, the man is a member of a glider club that regularly flies in Wise County. Earlier in the evening a member of the club called the Wise County Sheriff’s Office and said one of their members was missing. The caller was wondering if a downed aircraft had been reported.

The missing man was last seen flying east of Decatur. His car was found parked at the Decatur airport, according to Gastineau. He said they “pinged” the man’s cell phone, which led them to the crash scene in a field between Jones Park and the end of an airport runway.

Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Craig Johnson pronounced the man dead at the scene. The victim’s name is being withheld pending notification of his family.

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