Incredible escape from powered glider crash

The glider crashed into the mountainside.

Two people have had an "incredible escape" from a powered glider crash south of Blenheim.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter rescued two Marlborough people from the remote Blairich Range south of Blenheim this afternoon after the powered glider they were flying in crashed high on the mountainside.

"It was reported that the aircraft had suffered a catastrophic wing failure, causing it to spiral approximately 1500 feet downwards before impacting on a steep slope and coming to rest," says a spokesperson for the rescue helicopter.

"The combined effect of the spiral and the steep nature of the mountain face appeared to have minimised the severity of the impact, allowing the pair to escape the aircraft with only minor injuries.

"Once free of the wreckage, the pair have called for help on a cellphone resulting in the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter being dispatched by RCCNZ."

On locating the crash scene, the helicopter was able to land on a small knoll near the wreckage and load the pair on-board before transporting them to Wairau Hospital Emergency Department for further assessment and treatment.


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