Paraglider suffers suspected broken leg as he crashes into tree near Hadleigh

The scene of a paraglider crash in Raydon, near Hadleigh

The scene of a paraglider crash in Raydon, near Hadleigh - Credit: Archant

A paraglider has been airlifted to hospital with a broken leg after his aircraft crashed into a tree near Hadleigh.

The scene of a paraglider crash in Raydon, near Hadleigh

The scene of a paraglider crash in Raydon, near Hadleigh - Credit: Archant

Paramedics, police, firefighters and the Essex Air Ambulance were called to the disused airfield off Woodlands Road in Raydon at around 3.20pm today.

Initial reports to the emergency services said a glider had flown into a tree and was still stuck in its branches.

It is understood the paraglider, a man in his 50s, was in the aircraft when rescuers arrived.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said firefighters were having to get to the pilot manually to get him out of the glider so ambulance crews could treat him. He was said to have been conscious and breathing.


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One ambulance crew and two rapid response vehicles were among the resources sent by the ambulance service to the scene

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “The ambulance service received a call just after 3pm to Woodlands Road, Raydon, to reports of a power glider that had crashed.”

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He added: “One patient, a man in his 50s, suffered a broken leg.”

The pilot was airlifted to Colchester Hospital.

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