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Edinburgh glider crash man, 75, rushed to hospital

A 75-year-old man has been taken to hospital after a gliding accident. Picture: Jon Savage

A 75-year-old man has been taken to hospital after a gliding accident. Picture: Jon Savage

  • by FRANK URQUHART
 

AN elderly glider pilot has been rushed to hospital with a suspected back injury after his aircraft crashed at the Scottish Gliding Centre.

The 75-year-old pilot, who is from the Edinburgh area, was injured as his glider came in to land at the Scottish Gliding Centre at Portmoak Airport, Scotlandwell, near Kinross

The glider was extensively damaged in the crash.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “About 12pm this afternoon a glider crashed as it tried to land at the Scottish Gliding Centre at Portmoak Airport, Scotlandwell, Kinross.

“The pilot, a 75-year-old man from the Edinburgh area, was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a suspected back injury. The glider was extensively damaged in the crash. No other gliders or people were involved in the collision”

He added: “The Air Accidents Investigations Branch has been informed and will likely carry out its own investigation into the incident.”

On 4 September last year, Mark Dickson, 49, from Troon in Ayrshire, was killed at the gliding centre on the shores of Loch Leven when his glider crashed during take-off.

His single-seat glider, a Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-3 aircraft, was only a matter of feet off the ground when the plane crashed as it was being winched into the air. Mr Dickson’s body was found inside the cockpit of the overturned carbon fibre fuselage.

 
 
 

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