2 suffer minor injuries in glider crash Craft misses landing, goes down in cornfield

March 10, 1997|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

The pilot and a female passenger were injured yesterday when a glider crashed in a cornfield while trying to land at Woodbine Glider Port off Gillis Falls Road, state police said.

Cpl. Tim Selby of the Westminster Barracks said the two, in their mid-50s and from Reston, Va., were in a Schweizer twin-seater glider about 3 p.m. when the pilot tried to land. Selby said they had been in the air about 15 to 20 minutes after detaching from the tow plane.

Selby said the glider missed the landing strip and crashed into a cornfield near the glider port.

The pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken by MedEvac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he was in good condition last night, Selby said.

He said the woman also suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Carroll County General Hospital, where she was in good condition last night.

The names of the victims were withheld pending notification of relatives, Selby said.

Firefighters and rescue units from Lisbon, Mount Airy and Winfield responded to the scene.

Selby said the cause of the crash was being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Pub Date: 3/10/97

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