Hang glider dies in Australia

A SHEFFIELD hang glider has died in Australia after hitting a tree and suffering head injuries.

Andrew Hurst, aged 29, was competing at Mount Beauty, Victoria, when he reportedly lost control of the glider.

Paramedics and witnesses battled to revive him for around an hour but he was pronounced dead at the scene. An air ambulance was scrambled from Melbourne but was not needed.

Andrew was taking part in the Australian competition season and had participated in two events earlier in the month.

Police said he had around three years’ hang gliding experience and was a member of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association.

The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

Andrew was a member of the Derbyshire Soaring Club, which said he was a very active pilot and at would be out flying at every opportunity.

He was described as a gentleman. “Softly spoken, he had an air of quiet confidence and was passionate about flying. Our thoughts go out to his girlfriend Gemma and to his family and friends.

“He will be sorely missed.”