Glider crash

Glide Omarama reported that a glider piloted by a Canadian visitor had crashed into the head of Timaru Creek, in hill country west of Lindis Pass.
Glider crash in Timaru Creek
Maritime New Zealand ©2019
The Canadian pilot crashed west of Lindis Pass and was found alive.

Glide Omarama reported that a glider piloted by a Canadian visitor had crashed into the head of Timaru Creek, in hill country west of Lindis Pass. The glider was seen to go down by other pilots in a competition, but could not be raised by radio.

Glider crash
Rescuers approach the glider.
Maritime New Zealand ©2019

A personal locator beacon and a fixed ELT were then detected. A helicopter with winch and paramedic was sent to the scene, and other authorities advised. The pilot was found alive, with a suspected broken ankle but otherwise okay.

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