Plane crash in Wormingford: an investigation is launched after the crash of a glider

An investigation has been launched after a glider plane crashed into a farmer’s field, leaving the pilot seriously injured.

Emergency services have set up a 100m cordon after a light aircraft crashed into a field near Fordham Road in Wormingford.

The Gazette understands firefighters and an air ambulance were on scene around 2.30pm Friday and rescued a man, 70, from the wreckage of a glider.

A source said: ‘The glider had crashed on farmland in Wormingford.

“The pilot had two broken legs, a suspected broken pelvis and broken arms.”

A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue said: ‘Firefighters were called to Fordham Road in Wormingford at 2.27pm on Friday.

“On arrival, crews reported that a light aircraft had crashed and crews set up a 100m cordon while securing the scene at 3:27 p.m.

“The victim was entrusted to the care of paramedics.”

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A spokeswoman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed that a full investigation had been launched into the crash with investigators on site on Friday.

A report will be published at the end of the investigation.

A spokesperson for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance said: ‘The Air Ambulance has been tasked with assisting the Ambulance Trust, Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service , with an incident of trauma in a male patient.

“Teams worked together on site to optimize patient outcomes.”

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Trust said two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle arrived at the scene after a call was received about the crash.

She said: ‘Essex and Herts Air Ambulance were also present.

“A patient was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridgeshire.”

An Essex Police spokesman confirmed a 70-year-old man had been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

He added: ‘We have been called to report a glider has crashed at an airfield.

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting incident 663 of April 23, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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