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British man dies in Quelfes air crash

INEM125A British man died on Thursday afternoon, October 5th, when his fixed wing ultralite crashed near the EN125 at Quelfes, Olhão.

A spokesman from the Civil Protection agency said the 70-year-old Briton crashed uncontrollably on a plot of land behind a restaurant from where a small air club operates.

The alert was given to the authorities at 17:11 and emergency services were soon at the scene but the pilot was declared dead at the scene.

Source of the Office of Prevention and Investigation of Aircraft and Rail Accidents said that its investigators will look at the details of the incident and issue a report as soon as possible.

On Tuesday October 3rd an American parachutist jumping from the Alvor aerodrome near Portimão was seriously injured after a fall.

Portimão bombeiros said the skydiver landed badly near the aerodrome and that he was unconscious with suspected brain damage.

The ambulance gave first aid before the man, a resident in Britain, was taken to Portimão hospital.

The 41-year-old was participating in a parachuting event that was taking place at the Municipal Aerodrome which involves dozens of skydivers from all over Europe.

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+1 #7 Ceej 2017-10-08 08:00
It is unfortunate when people make assumptions about the nature of these accidents without knowing the facts. Life is full of hazardous everyday activities, that cause death through accidents, but do not make such shocking headlines......driving accidents the obvious....if people want to stay inside their houses, watching TV and hoping nothing falls on it, whilst making uninformed comments about activities they do not understandand......they are free to choose that life. If people want to explore the opportunities that are presented to them in life, aware that the risks are higher than for those with a more cautious life, then that is also a personal choice.
It is with deep regret that these accidents occurred.....I would also regret drifting through a finite life and only thinking about doing the things that you dream of doing...
+3 #6 nogin the nog 2017-10-07 11:14
jumping out of a good air craft , several thousand feet above the ground. with nothing more than a couple of silk sheets has never appealed to me. But I have to admire there courage .my thoughts are with the mans family and friends. As for the British man who lost control of his light aircraft. At least he did not look for a beach full of tourists to put her down..
+4 #5 Margaridaana 2017-10-07 10:01
Ultralites, sky diving, parachuting, all hazardous occupations, so accidents are to be expected. Is it really the location or just the sheer danger of the activity?
+1 #4 Sebastian 2017-10-06 13:47
OMG - another serious parachute accident at Alvor's Sky Diver. when will this ever end? :sad:
+3 #3 natasha bund 2017-10-06 10:18
I so agree with the comment by Peter Booker. Every time I have queried yet another fatality at the Alvor aerodrome, i am told "it is perfectly normal" to have accidents when thousands of sky divers flock to a popular spot every year....I don't buy it.
+2 #2 Peter Booker 2017-10-06 09:28
The Alvor aerodrome has an unfortunate history when it comes to skydiving, or even parachuting. There have been numerous accidents there. I suspect it is significantly less safe than other parachuting locations.
+3 #1 liveaboard 2017-10-06 08:12
I saw the skydiver on Tuesday while I was driving out of Portimao; it appeared the chute was tangled and he was spinning rapidly while falling like a stone.

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