25 Apr 2009

Teen in glider crash was on Air Training Corps camp

9:30 am on 25 April 2009

A 14-year-old critically injured in a glider crash in Waikato on Thursday was attending an Air Training Corps camp.

Student glider pilot Ryan Hodgkinson from Christchurch is in a critical but stable condition in Waikato Hospital after his glider crashed shortly after takeoff from Matamata Aerodrome about 4.30pm on Thursday.

Rescue staff had to cut the teenager from the glider.

Civilian instructor, Thomas Orr, 77, was seated in the rear of the glider and suffered two broken ankles.

The head of the New Zealand Cadet Forces, Wing Commander Guy Bendall says it is not known who was in control of the glider at the time.

Wing Commander Bendall says the student was one of 20 young people taking part in the training camp

It is the second crash involving a glider on an Air Training Corps camp this year. In January a glider came down at Waipukurau, although no one was injured.

The Civil Aviation Authority and Gliding New Zealand are investigating the crash.