'Horrific': Glider slams to ground

A MELBOURNE man suffered “horrific” but not life-threatening leg injuries after his glider crashed near the Tocumwal aerodrome yesterday afternoon.

Sen-Constable James Prentice, of Finley police highway patrol, said the 40-year-old was 400 metres south of the aerodrome when his right wing clipped a tree as he tried to gain altitude about noon.

The glider crashed to the ground and Sen-Constable Prentice said the Melbourne man suffered “horrific” leg injuries, particularly to his ankles.

The man was placed on a spinal board but officers don’t believe he has spinal injuries and it was a precautionary measure.

The man, a recreational pilot, was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Sen-Constable Prentice said the warm, westerly winds, affecting the glider’s climb, could have contributed to the crash.

Ambulance, NSW Fire and Rescue, the VRA and SES attended.

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