ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67637
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Narrative:Crashed 16.05.2006 at Riverside, Thornton, 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 miles) west of Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland, reportedly after colliding with overhead power/telephone cables during an "outfield landing" short of Fife Airport at Glenrothes. According to a contemporary BBC report (see link #2):
|Type:||PZL-Bielsko SZD-51-1 Junior|
|Owner/operator:||Scottish Gliding Union Ltd|
|Registration:|| BGA 5168|
|C/n / msn:|| 51-1-105010|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Riverside, Thornton, 2 nm West of Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland -
|Departure airport:||Portmoak Airfield, Scotlandwell, Kinross, Fife|
|Destination airport:||Fife Airport, Glenrothes (EGPJ)|
"A glider pilot has been taken to hospital after his aircraft crashed into a field in central Fife. The plane was reported to have hit an overhead power cable and came down in a field near the village of Thornton, outside Glenrothes, on Wednesday.
The 44-year-old man has been taken to the Queen Margaret Hospital, in Dunfermline, and was said to be suffering from back and head injuries. The aircraft had been launched from the gliding centre at Portmoak.
A Fife Constabulary spokesman said: "The accident happened at 13:15 BST while the aircraft was attempting to land."
Police believe the pilot was trying to carry out a controlled landing in the glider when it clipped a power cable, causing it to overturn. The crash happened in a field near to the Fife Council Depot at Riverside in Thornton.
Keith Auchterlonie, communications officer for the British Gliding Association and member of the Scottish Gliding Centre at Portmoak Airfield, said: "A glider was landing into a field, which in itself is a perfectly common occurrence. If somebody is out on a cross-country task and runs out of height, then the safest thing to do is to put down into a field. All glider pilots are trained to do that. It sounds as if the glider caught a cable of some form which caused it to crash into the ground. Thankfully, my information is that he is not seriously injured."
||Dr. John Smith
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