Newmarket: Gliders Crash

23 July 2012, 17:14

A pilot has been injured after two gliders collided in mid-air near Newmarket.

Both pilots ejected from their aircraft following the collision.

One pilot has been taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and another has been found safe and well.

According to Suffolk Police, the wreckage of the two aircraft were found near Snailwell in Cambridgeshire, near Newmarket on the border with Suffolk.

A spokesperson for the force said: "We were called just before 4pm to a call that a parachute had been seen coming down near Snailwell in Cambridgeshire.

There was a report two gliders had collided.

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

Both gliders have been found in Cambridgeshire."

It's understood the gliders were taking part in a national gliding competition.

A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service added: "East of England Ambulance Service crews were called to the incident just before 4pm after eye witnesses reported at least one person had ejected from one of the gliders.

Both casualties were located 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. That patient was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital by land ambulance."

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been called to look into the collision.

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