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Experienced Melbourne Pilot Killed In Glider Crash

A Melbourne man, who has been described as an experienced glider pilot, has been killed when the glider he was flying crashed.

The incident occurred during a gliding championships competition on the South Island of New Zealand.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash in Otago at around 5:30pm on Tuesday, local time.

"A helicopter was deployed from Queenstown with a paramedic and police on board to find the crash site, but while it was responding, a person in a privately owned fixed wing aircraft located the wreckage," said Otago Lakes police commander Olaf Jensen.

"When emergency services arrived at the scene, the sole occupant of the glider was found dead."

Police are currently working to confirm the identity of the man so that his family can be notified.

"At this stage we have limited information around the crash but we can confirm he was a high-hour pilot from Melbourne, with in excess of 4500 hours in his logbook," said a spokesman from Gliding New Zealand, Nigel Davy.

It is also believed that the man was well known to the Gliding Federation of Australia, which issued a statement on Tuesday night.

"We are saddened by the news. Our thoughts are with his family and friends."

The man's death is now being referred to a coroner and the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority has been notified.

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