Hang-gliding crash


This site is where two men were killed when their tandem hang-glider crashed at the foot of The Remarkables this morning.

The commercial hang-glider crashed off Kingston Road at 10.15am after launching from Remarkables Knoll – a spur on the mountain range.

Gerado (pronounced Hirado) Bean, 27, an Argentinian pilot with Queenstown company Skytrek Tandem Hang Gliding was killed, along with his 34-year-old passenger Andrew Michael Scotland.

Scotland, a volunteer fire fighter from the Northland town of Waipu, was visiting Queenstown on a fire safety officers’ conference.

Detective sergeant Grahme Bartlett of Queenstown police says the hang-glider was one of two that launched from Remarkables Knoll. The other aircraft landed safely.

The company has exclusive rights to fly from The Remarkables.

Civil Aviation Authority has launched an inquiry.