Two people died in a glider crash in at Telluride ski resort, CO on Wednesday, according to the San Miguel Country Sheriff’s Office.
Well known local pilot, Robert “Glider Bob” Saunders, 64, was one of the victims.
Glider Bob was piloting the fixed-wing, motorized glider when it crashed for unknown reasons. The crash occurred in Prospect Basin in the Telluride Ski Area.
The other crash victim was the only passenger. Both victims died at the scene of the crash.
“Telluride Ski and Golf employees, who were working in the area and had seen the aircraft earlier, responded when they heard what they thought sounded like crash.” – San Miguel Sheriff’s Office
Glider Bob was well known in the area and well loved.
“This is a terrible tragedy and an enormous loss for the families as well as the entire Telluride community.” – Sheriff Bill Masters
The glider was a Stemme S10-VT Glider. According to Allen Kenitzer, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman, the glider crashed 5 miles southeast of Telluride in Prospect Basin at Telluride ski resort.
The Stemme S10-VT Glider has a cruising speed of 160 mph.
Glider Bob was the owner of “Glide Telluride” and had been a pilot for 37 years.
Glider Bob even took Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, for a ride back in 2007.