Glider crashes into power lines near Barnack

The glider that crashed in a field in Uffington Road, Barnack. Photo by St John Burkett
The glider that crashed in a field in Uffington Road, Barnack. Photo by St John Burkett
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A GLIDER crashlanded in a village field after hitting a power line.

The aircraft came down in a field near the David Wilson Homes Estate in Uffington Road, Barnack, at about 5pm yesterday (Sunday).

Dave Leggett, a former glider pilot, saw the crash. He said: “I saw the glider flying very low, maybe at about 400 or 500 feet.

“I watched the glider turn left and then right. Then I heard a cracking noise followed by a crash.

“I ran down the road and saw the aircraft in a field. It was cracked but the pilot had got out and was ok, he was chatting to someone.

“I think the glider must have clipped some of the power cables and come down. The police were at the scene quickly and roped the field off.

“The power was off in the village for some time afterwards as a result.”

Eyewitness St John Burkett sent in photos of the downed glider. He said the crash cut the power to the village, but it was restored within an hour.

The pilot was not hurt in the crash

The glider was involved in the 2012 Inter-Services Regional Gliding Competition, which took place at RAF Wittering on Saturday and Sunday.

The British Gliding Association is looking into the crash.