Amy Barsby: Glider Pilot Crash (Video)

August 11, 2010
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Amy Barsby is the 25-year-old glider pilot who plummeted to her death this week in England. Now inquiring minds are scouring the net for more information, including photos and video.

It wasn’t her first flight. In fact, the PhD student had been an avid glider pilot for over ten years. But nothing could have prepared her, or her flight instructor boyfriend for the moment when both of her wings disconnected from her glider in mid-flight.

From there, she plunged over 1,000 ft straight to the ground. Her terrified lover immediately summoned paramedics, but once on the scene there was little they could do. It was determined that Amy Barsby had died upon impact. Her father related her boyfriend’s version of the story:

“It was all over in a few seconds…It seems like (the wings) more or less came away at the same time and then it plunged down to the ground… The emergency vehicle was on scene very quickly and I think it was apparent that she died instantly.”

So what went wrong? Well, the agency charged with investigating such accidents, The Air Accident Investigation Bureau, has already begun looking in to the matter. They say that craft was properly assembled, but that there was obviously a “catastrophic” equipment failure.

I suppose the only solace one can take from the accident is that she died doing something she loved. I’m sure there will be critics who will say that the sport itself is too inherently dangerous, and that accidents are bound to happen. I say you only live once, and you have to pursue your passion.

There will be a funeral service in Edinburgh, Scotland where Amy and her boyfriend had recently purchased their dream home.

So sad. Check out some Amy Barsby photos here. You can view a glider plane video below.



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3 Responses to “Amy Barsby: Glider Pilot Crash (Video)”

  1. 1
    Joan Says:

    I feel for the family.

  2. 2
    Rachelle Says:

    So sad!

  3. 3
    Jeanette Says:

    That is such a sad story…condolences to her family.