Our Hearts Are Broken — YouTube Star Tragically Dies in Scary Plane Crash

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Matt Wright, a glider pilot better know as Balleka on YouTube, gained fame for making incredible videos from his aircraft. Tragically, it was his passion that lead to his untimely death.

The father and YouTuber sadly passed away when his glider crashed at Dartmoor National Park on Sunday afternoon. Police say there were no suspicious circumstances that caused the crash, but the Air Accident Investigation Branch is still investigating what caused the aircraft to come down. A spokesperson for the AAIB said:

“AAIB inspectors arrived late yesterday and their examination on site began early this morning. We expect them to be on site gathering evidence for the rest of today and into tomorrow. The wreckage will then be brought back to our facility in Farnborough for detailed examination as our investigation progresses.”

Lisa Humphries, chairwoman of the Devon & Somerset Gliding Club where Matt flew, remembered the man and mourned his loss in a statement.

“Matt Wright was a highly experienced pilot and friend to all of us at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club,” she said. “He was always full of energy and loved every aspect of aviation. Not only was he an expert glider pilot, but also an accomplished commercial Airline Captain, film maker and cartoonist. Our sincere condolences go to his family at this sad time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s friends and family at this incredibly difficult time.

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