Sunshine Coast skydiver Juraj Glesk among five killed
SKYDIVING was Juraj Glesk's passion. Yesterday he died doing what he loved.
The experienced skydiving instructor was one of five people killed in a fiery light plane crash at Caboolture Airfield.
The Caloundra man was believed to have been working for Skydive Bribie Island, based at Woorim Beach, and had set out on a routine flight.
Tributes are flowing in for the father-of-two from the skydiving fraternity and Sunshine Coast community, where he was a much-loved family man and friend.
His brother Tibor only recently celebrated 20 years in the skydiving business, Sunshine Coast Skydivers.
Mr Glesk, originally from the former Czechoslovakia, was fun-loving, enjoyed travelling and spending time with his family.
In a Facebook post late yesterday, Mr Glesk's daughter Nina, from Caloundra, said: "Rest in peace, Daddy. You didn't even stand a chance. You will forever be in our hearts. I love you."
Last year Mr Glesk and Nina went to Europe together to spend time with their extended family and have a holiday.
They visited the Czech Republic, Germany, Amsterdam and Venice together.
Another Facebook friend, Janice Liem, said: "A friend is easier lost than found. Only memory is left in mind. Old friends and old wine are best. Rest in peace my dear friend Juraj Glesk."
Mr Glesk is survived by his wife Dana, children Nina and Michal and grandchildren Tyler and Emily.
Fellow skydiver shocked by crash after seeing fireball
A SKYDIVER who touched down just minutes after the fiery crash says he will jump again.
When Craig Thomas leapt from a plane above and pulled the cord to inflate his parachute, the Caboolture the airstrip was clear.
But by the time the 26-year-old landed, the unthinkable had happened. A light plane had crashed, killing all five on board.
"I didn't actually see it 'til I hit the ground," he said.
"It was just a fireball. It was just horrible.
"I didn't know any of the guys there or any of the instructors but it hits home."
Mr Thomas only took up the sport in June last year but has racked up 26 jumps, all at the Caboolture Airfield.
He was understandably shaken when he spoke to The Daily a few hours after the crash.
"The skydiving community, I haven't been in it that long but everyone's pretty tight knit.
"Everyone's good mates and it really shocks you."
But the Channel 7 employee's main concern was for the families of the victims.
He was worried some of them might have gone through the trauma of seeing the crash firsthand.
"It wouldn't surprise me, where (the planes) take off and where the front sheds are, the families ... probably would have had a view," he said.
But Mr Thomas won't be letting the incident turn him away from the sport he loves.
"You always know there's a risk but with skydiving they preach safety and this isn't so much a skydiving accident as it is a plane accident," he said.
"It's a terrible accident. It's a shame this happened. I don't know what else to say.
"(But) I love skydiving. I'll come back and do it again."