Oare woman killed in glider crash

Written by Peter Davison on .

Kay DraperKay DraperA former world champion glider pilot from Oare has died after she crashed into a field in Hampshire on Thursday.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the crash near the village of Bradley after receiving reports that an aircraft had come down.

Kay Draper, 60, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Her next of kin have been informed.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has launched an investigation. It is understood that Mrs Draper was returning to Lasham Airfield, from where she had taken off earlier.

The accident happened in what experts have described as good flying conditions, with a light wind and high levels of visibility.

According to her profile on www.womenglide.co.uk, Mrs Draper caught the flying bug in 1979 and for 18 years flew hang gliders.

She won the first British Women’s Championships, joining the British Team that won the first Women’s European and Women’s World Championships.

Kay learnt to fly gliders in 1996, flying her first competition in 1999.  She shares two gliders with her husband David, who has also been a member of the British Team.

Kay worked as an independent occupational therapist and, said her profile, “when not flying she and David enjoy walks around their home in the Pewsey Vale with their rather mad labrador Ella.”