North Coast glider crash
A TWEED flying instructor managed to free himself from a crashed glider on Saturday and call for help to free his trapped student.
The trainee pilot was suspended, trapped for more than an hour with multiple injuries in the upturned glider after it crashed at Tyagarah yesterday.
But his Tweed instructor, who was also injured, managed to escape the craft and make a call for emergency services.
The 58-year-old Ocean Shores student pilot had to be carefully removed from the wreck, as he suffered had suspected spinal injuries in the crash.
According to a New South Wales Police spokesperson, police from Tweed-Byron Local Area Command, ambulance paramedics and fire brigade personnel attended the scene.
Rescue crews stabilised the aircraft to allow Brunswick Valley and District Volunteer Rescue cut the man free.
He was immediately airlifted by the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter to Lismore Base Hospital.
The man was later taken to Brisbane’s Royal Princess Alexandra Hospital in a serious, but stable condition.
The 54-year-old instructor, from Cudgera Creek, suffered lower back and chest injuries in the crash and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken by ambulance to The Tweed Hospital.
Police and officials from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau are investigating the incident.