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Tibenham: Man taken to hospital after power glider crashes

PUBLISHED: 09:46 01 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:46 01 April 2014

Police at the scene of the glider accident at Tibenham airfield. Photo: Bill Smith

Police at the scene of the glider accident at Tibenham airfield. Photo: Bill Smith

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A man has been taken to hospital after a power glider crashed at Tibenham airfield in south Norfolk.

Police at the scene of the glider accident at Tibenham airfield. Photo: Bill SmithPolice at the scene of the glider accident at Tibenham airfield. Photo: Bill Smith

Emergency services were called at around 3.50pm yesterday and a man in his 50s has been taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a back injury.

An ambulance service spokesman said the injury was not thought to be serious.

Two paramedic ambulances and a land ambulance attended, and the fire service sent three appliances - one from Long Stratton, one from Harleston and a water carrier and support appliance from Hethersett.

Crews described the scene as an “emergency landing”.

Police at the scene of the glider accident at Tibenham airfield. Photo: Bill SmithPolice at the scene of the glider accident at Tibenham airfield. Photo: Bill Smith

They made the scene and the aircraft safe, confining a leak of aircraft fuel using environmental packs.

Fire fighters did not need to cut the man free from the glider, and the stop message was recorded at 4.31pm.

A police spokesman said officers were still on scene to investigate the circumstances of the crash.

3 comments

  • Gliders don't usually suffer from engine failure on take off.

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    Alby Philip

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Power glider? That'll be an ordinary aeroplane then?

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    beerlover

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • The aircraft in question is not a glider, powered or otherwise. It's a Vans RV-4. Glad to hear that Robin wasn't badly hurt.

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    Alby Philip

    Monday, March 31, 2014

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