Glider Crashes On Vermont Mountain; Three People Killed
MORRISTOWN, VT. – September 6, 2018 (stowetoday.com) A glider crash in Vermont led to the deaths of three people, including the glider pilot and a husband and wife from Connecticut. The story is reported online by stowetoday.com.*
70-year-old pilot Don Post, of Morristown, Vermont, and passengers Frank Moroz III, 58, and Suzanne Moroz, 56, both of Hamden, Connecticut, took off from Morrisville-Stowe State Airport in a glider towed by a single-engine plane. The plane released the glider at an altitude of 4,500 feet, and the engineless flyer began its trip.
By about 2 p.m., according to Vermont State Police, the glider was reported missing. At 5:30 p.m., a Civil Air Patrol crew set out to try to locate the glider. After only 15 minutes, the crew discovered the glider crashed about 1,000 feet from the top of Sterling Mountain (also known as Whiteface Mountain). Post and Frank and Suzanne Moroz tragically died in the crash.
Stowe Mountain Rescue crew camped overnight on the mountain then spent 12 hours locating and bringing the victims down the rugged slope. The glider was retrieved via helicopter.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have started investigations into the crash that could take a year to conclude. No information is yet available about how the crash occurred. Meteorologists will study the weather conditions from the day, and officials will run toxicology tests to rule out those factors.
Post founded Stowe Soaring 14 years ago and was highly active in his community as a youth athletic coach and former longtime member of the school board.
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