Glider pilots injured in separate crashes

A GLIDER pilot cheated death last week after falling from the sky and crashlanding in a field.

A GLIDER pilot cheated death last week after falling from the sky and crashlanding in a field.

Les Wright, a long-standing member of Wolds Gliding Club in Pocklington was making his final approach to land when he crashed next to Barmby Road at around 3.20pm last Friday.

Emergency services released him from the wreckage and he was taken to York District Hospital suffering a broken wrist, ankles and ribs.

He has been detained and his condition is described as "not critical but still unwell".

It is not yet known what happened and the British Gliding Club is carrying out an investigation to determine the cause. Gliding Club staff were unable to comment.

In a second incident near Pateley Bridge on Saturday, two people were injured after making a forced landing in their Janus A high-performance glider and crashing into a wall.

Pilot John Norman and co-pilot Pauline Haddon, both members of Pocklington Gliding Club, had set out from Sutton Bank near Thirsk on a 180km challenge for the Northern Regional Gliding Championships.

Weather conditions are believed to have prevented many pilots from completing the task, but it is not yet known what caused Mr Norman to come down.

He suffered leg injuries in the impact and Pauline sustained chest and head injuries. Both are recovering at Harrogate District Hospital.