RC glider kills woman holding toddler in Taiwan

Glider had veered 500 meters from competition area: reports

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Glider kills woman in Kenting Nov. 2 (Hengchun Police photo)

Glider kills woman in Kenting Nov. 2 (Hengchun Police photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A competition for radio-controlled gliders in Pingtung County’s Kenting went fatally wrong Saturday (Nov. 2) when a competitor from the United States team hit and killed a woman holding her two-year-old boy, reports said.

The glider, which weighed 5 kilograms, hit a 36-year-old woman named Lin (林) in the head and injured her child, according to Hengchun Precinct police. The boy’s injuries were not grave, reports said.

Lin was part of a tour group from Tainan and had been walking on a wooden path in Longpan Park when the glider suddenly fell out of the sky. The site was located 500 meters from the competition area, leading an expert to suggest that the glider had been thrown off course by a strong wind, UDN reported.