Glider crash in North Yorkshire
6:26pm 4th July 2011
A glider pilot's recovering after he's crashed in to a field between Northallerton and Yarm today (Monday 4th July 2011)
He called the emergency services from his own mobile just before 4pm.
But because the navigation equipment of his aircraft was damaged they struggled to find him in the village of Appleton Wiske.
He was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital on Teeside and has a suspected fractured ankle.
STATEMENT FROM NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE
This afternoon (Monday 4th July 2011) North Yorkshire Police have been working alongside emergency service colleagues to assist an injured glider pilot who crashed into a field at Appleton Wiske, a village which lies between Northallerton and Yarm.
The ambulance service contacted the police at 3.52pm after the pilot had used his mobile phone to request emergency assistance when the aircraft came to rest in a hedge at Appleton Grange Farm.
He suffered a suspected fractured ankle and was taken by air ambulance to James Cook University Hospital on Teesside.
There was initial difficulty in locating the collision scene as the navigation system on the glider was lost on impact. A large search was conducted by the emergency service teams in the nearby area, but it was a member of the public who found the glider and pilot just before 5pm.
It's understood that he was travelling to Durham Tees Valley Airport from Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, in the motorless glider.
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