Pilot killed in crash near Narromine

An investigation is under way after the death of a man in a glider crash at Narromine.

Emergency services were called to the Warren Road, near the Narromine Aerodrome, about 4.50pm Wednesday after a glider attempting to land came down on the roadway.

Inspector Brad Johnston from Orana Local Area Command yesterday said the pilot, 51-year-old Queensland man Errol Spletter, had been taking part in a glider championships being held in the town.

"All incidents (like this) are serious, but when we received the initial reports we weren't aware a fatality was going to result," Inspector Johnston said.

"The circumstances (of the crash) are being investigated and a report is being prepared for the coroner.

"Detectives from Dubbo are conducting the investigation and will get specialist assistance where required."

Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, Ambulance and VRA attended the incident.

"The wreckage has been cleaned up and it's been taken away for examination," Inspector Johnston said.

It is understood the pilot died at Narromine Hospital after being taken out of the aircraft.

Inspector Johnston said he had not heard any reactions from people at the aerodrome but imagined they would be very upset.

This incident comes as a huge shock to the community after what had, up until then, been a successful event.

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