Glenwood man dies when glider crashes at Blair Airport

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By Joe Foreman, Editor

A 59-year-old Glenwood man died when the glider he was piloting crashed shortly after takeoff at the Blair (Neb.) Airport Saturday afternoon.

Dr. Michael Boska was pronounced dead at the scene. Boska was alone in the glider as it was being towed in takeoff when according to witnesses, the canopy on the glider unexpectedly opened. As Boska reached for the canopy, he lost control of the plane, resulting in the crash.

Boska was a member of the Omaha Soaring Club. Members come to the Blair Airport on a regular basis. Boska  was a longtime member of the club and a seasoned pilot.

According to a press release from the club, Boska’s glider subsequently went airborne after takeoff, followed by a rapid descent and crash while still attached by rope to the tow plane.

The club says it owns two gliders and some members own their own gliders. The accident glider was one of those personally owned by Boska. By FAA rules, he was current and qualified to fly his glider.

Boska had been employed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for 17 years as a radiology professor and vice chairman of radiology research. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, several other relatives and many friends. Services are being handled by Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood.

The crash is being investigated by Blair Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.