Trainee pilot injured in glider crash

A teenaged trainee pilot is in a critical condition after landing short of the runway while taking part in an Air Training Corps camp in Waikato this evening.

The 16-year-old was flying with an instructor when they crashed at Matamata Aerodrome in Waharoa, shortly after 5pm.

He suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Waikato Hospital.

The instructor suffered moderate injuries to his back and was also taken to hospital for treatment.

Airforce media adviser Squadron Leader Kavae Tamariki said the camp was to give cadets experience with gliders. It was attended by cadets from throughout New Zealand.

Matamata police Sergeant Graham McGurk said there were a number of witnesses, but they were about one kilometre away from the southern end of the airfield where the glider went down.

Police said the scene had been cordoned off and the investigation handed over to the Civil Aviation Authority.


Add a Comment

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter