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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228009
Last updated: 20 May 2020
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Time:14:29 LT
Type:Akaflieg Braunschweig SB-5E Danzig
Owner/operator:Eden Soaring Ltd
Registration: G-DEJH
C/n / msn: 5041A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cross Fell, near Kirkland, Cumbria -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Skelling Farm, Skirwith, Penrith, Cumbria
Destination airport:
A 15-year-old boy has been left with serious injuries after a glider crashed on Cross Fell, Cumbria Police say. The aircraft took off from Eden Soaring at Skirwith, near Penrith, and went down at around 2 pm on Wednesday in the north Pennines. Great North Air Ambulance responded to the call but, due to the team attending another emergency, a crew from Teesside International Airport were dispatched and on the scene within 20 minutes.

The 15-year-old is thought to have a license to pilot the glider, which is a fixed-wing aircraft that is designed to fly without an engine. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne to be treated for his injuries.

Air crash investigators (AAIB) arrived in Cumbria today to look into the crash and understand how and why the incident happened. They will be investigating for a couple of days before taking the aircraft to their HQ at Farnborough

According to a statement/press release from the Great North Air Ambulance Service:

"GNAAS responded to the call out at 2.29 pm. With the Cumbria-based team responding to another emergency, the aircraft and crew from Teesside International Airport were despatched and on scene within 20 minutes.

As ever, we had a doctor and paramedic team on both aircraft, which meant the patient was able to receive advanced treatment on scene and en route to hospital.

After a refuel at Newcastle International Airport, our team then made its way back to base. The duration of our involvement was little over three hours".

Cross Fell is the highest mountain in the Pennine Hills of Northern England and the highest point in England outside the Lake District. The summit is at 2,930 feet (893 m) and is located at approximate Coordinates: 5442′10″N, 229′14″W.

UPDATE: A report on BBC Look North (BBC North East and Cumbria) named the 15-year old pilot as Olly Rastrick from Southampton. Due to the severe nature of his injuries,he was put into an "induced coma", sedated for seven days, and "came to" on 14 August. He was then moved to Southampton to be nearer his family while he recovered.

By 21 February 2020 he had recovered enough to visit the Great North Air Ambulance at their base at Teesside Airport, and thank them in person. The meeting was filmed and broadcast on the BBC North East & Cumbria's "Look North". The same report noted that the nose of the glider was buried "about three feet into the ground"

G-DEJH was a 1970 J Altroder-built Akaflieg Braunschweig SB-5E Danzig ex-BGA.2719. First registered as G-DEJH 17/2/2008. Registration G-DEJH cancelled (de-registered) 27/1/2020 as "destroyed"



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