01 Mai 2013


No words can describe our loss, this darkness – at least it is raining today in Munich, so my tears blend into the grey sky. One of the finest, most talented pilots in the world, one of my friends for half of my life, the sunshine of the flying community, left this world on his final flight yesterday. Guido died when he tried to emergency land his BD5-J south of Gnadenwald in Inntal in the afternoon of the 1st of May 2013.
It was not a stunt flight, not a daring manouvre, no weather problem - Guido simply wanted to fly the plane back to Salzburg when he experienced a technical problem. Knowing him, knowing the plane, and knowing the area, it seems to me that he tried until the last moment to cope with the technical problem and to make sure that noone else gets hurt. He could have bailed out of the jet with his parachute, with the possibility of the plane crashing uncontrollably and hurting other people. Instead Guido chose to steer it into an empty field where he crashed and died. Not a lack of competence – he was one with his wings and he knew every single field in that area. A lack of luck in that very moment caused his death.
Guido, you physically managed to not hurt anybody else, but you left your family, your loved ones, your friends and the whole world inside and out of aviation in mere shock and pain beyond words. Everybody adored you, not just for your aviation skills but also for your shining personality. And you were as modest as can be. You were aware that you lived your dream and appreciated it. Your legend will live on with anybody who´s life has been touched by your inspiring enthusiasm, freedom and love for anything that flies!
Little brother, I know you have good company in the eternal sky. Some day we will race together again!


Ed Ewing hat gesagt…

Corinna, this is a beautiful, moving tribute. We have re-published it on the Cross Country website, where we reported the news of Guido's accident earlier today. Please let me know if you would prefer us to take it down and we will, but it is very special. With warmest best wishes and condolences, Ed Ewing, editor@xcmag.com

Anonym hat gesagt…

Thank you, Corinna for your good and healing words.
a crying family member...

Alex hat gesagt…

Wonderful words for a wonderful persons! I totally agree with you, he was one of the most sympathic and positive persons I ever met! I will never forget him and he will always stay in my heard! Hope to see you again one day, Guido!

TK hat gesagt…

My many condolences Corinna. Even though I had never met Guido, I felt I knew a little of him through you, other friends and his many achievements. He was one of my heros. He lived my dream and the dream of millions of flying enthusiasts throughout the world. My thoughts go out to those that were close to him. He will live on through the memories that a multitude of people have of him. Red Bull gave him wings and I am sure they are still with him in a different form.

Anonym hat gesagt…

I cant believe it. We will miss you
Your Lufthansa collegue