Glider crash: pilot ‘recovering well’

2011-03-10 00:00

A PILOT narrowly escaped death when he failed to control his glider during a flight near Howick on Sunday.

According to Dave Hall, chairperson of the Howick Gliding Club, the pilot had a problem when trying to gain additional height in the ZS-GEA glider after he had come in at low altitude.

“He could not get it high, resulting in him landing on the grass field, destroying the aircraft in the process,” said Hall.

He said the pilot was taken to St Anne’s Hospital, having suffered facial injuries.

Hall said the pilot is recovering well in hospital and should be coming out today and heading to Durban.

Attempts to get the pilot’s name and the family’s consent to go to the hospital to interview the pilot were unsuccessful.

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