Pilot Found After Gliders Collide In Mid-Air

A pilot has been found and brought to safety after his glider was involved in a mid-air collision with another during a competition.

The wreckage of the two aircraft was found near Snailwell in Cambridgeshire, near Newmarket on the border with Suffolk.

One of the pilots parachuted to safety, while a hunt was launched for the other who was briefly unaccounted for.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at about 4pm, including an air ambulance, and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch had been informed. 

Lorna Marsh, spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service, said both pilots had now been found in a field on the east side of Newmarket gallops.

“One sustained no injuries and the other was initially unconscious but regained consciousness and did not suffer any traumatic injuries,” she said.

“That patient was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance,” she added.

A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said it was understood a glider competition had been taking place in the area.

She said the alarm was raised after “a parachute had been seen coming down near Snailwell in Cambridgeshire”.

“There was a report two gliders had collided,” she said.

“It would appear he (the parachutist) was one of the pilots.

“Both gliders have been found in Cambridgeshire.”

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