A Virginia Tech finance professor died Sunday afternoon in a glider crash.
Meir Isaac Schneller’s glider crashed when it was ascending and being towed by a plane. An investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration is ongoing, according to Corrine Geller, a public information officer for the Virginia State Police.
The accident occurred at 2:45 p.m. at the Craig County Gliderport, near Craig Creek on Virginia Route 311, she said.
He was flying a LET L33 solo glider, which was owned by the Blue Ridge Soaring Society.
Schneller taught international finance at the undergraduate level, as well as executive and professional MBS levels, according to Raman Kumar, head of the finance department.
He taught at Tech for nearly two decades. His department is not yet sure how to handle the loss.
“These kinds of things one can never prepare (for). We honestly don’t know, we’re all very confused at this time. We’re trying to do the best we can to figure out how to handle the course, and we’re trying to help the family in any way we can,” Kumar said.
“He was always willing to do whatever it takes to change his schedule, to change his assignments. Anytime the department needed him to do anything he was always willing to do so.”
His colleagues remember him for his welcoming persona and congenial attitude.
One faculty member wrote, “He was always extremely helpful to me and went out of his way to make me feel welcome in Blacksburg.”