Three Dutch glider pilots killed in two separate crashes

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Authorities in Germany and the Netherlands were investigating two different glider accidents which took the lives of three pilots over the weekend. The first involved a mid-air collision between two aircraft on Saturday.

That incident happened in the early afternoon near Haltern am See, about 45 kilometers past the border into Germany. Among the dead was a 29-year-old man who took off from Lemelerveld, between Almelo and Zwolle about 120 kilometers north of the crash site.

He had departed from the airfield in the morning. He was a member of Aero Club Salland, according to broadcaster NOS.

Then on Sunday afternoon a single glider accident claimed the life of the 37-year-old Kaatsheuvel woman piloting the aircraft. That accident happened near the Gilze-Rijen Air Base.

The Dutch Safety Board was investigating the Sunday incident, according to NOS. The police and the Marechaussee military branch were also researching the crash.