Two killed in weekend glider crash

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Updated: 4/01/2013 11:44 pm
Two members of the Caprock Soaring Club were killed when their glider plummeted into a field near Littlefield. 79 year-old Eddie Hoglan of Plainview and 13 year-old Taylor James Brown of Littlefield were flying a two passenger Schleicher K-7 glider when a wing snapped.

Dr. Mike Graves, friend of the two victims and glider flight instructor for the club spoke to three witnesses of the crash.

"All of the witnesses describe hearing a crack like a crack of lightning, looking up and seeing the aircraft, which was flying in level flight to the north, have the right outside half of the wing separate, flex up and leave the aircraft, after which it flipped, inverted and spun into the ground," Graves said.

He also said Hoglan and Brown were dear friends who flew together often. He described Hoglan as an extraordinary pilot with 22,000 hours of flying experience . He described Brown as a brilliant aviation student with great expectations.

"Both of them were remarkable individuals. Taylor for his brilliance at that age, Eddie for his generosity," he said.

Graves said even though the aircraft was old, it was in compliance with all regulations and weather conditions at the time of the crash Saturday were ideal. The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting the investigation and the findings expected to take several months to compile.
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