South Africa: Two Britons are ‘fighting for their lives’ after horror glider crash | World | News


The men, both believed to be in their 50s, have been rushed to hospital in Bloemfontein, in the Free State province of South Africa. It is thought that the glider rammed through a fence on a farm. The pair had to be cut free from the wreckage and were given several life support “interventions”. 

Paramedics and staff from the Provincial EMS College Unit and Life Healthcare arrived on the scene at 1.30pm local time to find the two men trapped in the wreckage.

One man was airlifted to hospital and the other was transported by ambulance ER24 spokesman Russel Meiring told News24..

He said the circumstances surrounding the crash were not known and that local authorities are on the scene to investigate. 

Mr Meiring said: “On arrival, paramedics found the wrecked aircraft in the field. 

“Two men, believed to be in their 50s, were found lying trapped inside the wreckage.

“The men were treated for their injuries and provided with several advanced life support interventions.”

The SA Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Kabelo Ledwaba confirmed the accident, but there was no further information at this time.

He said: “The SA Civil Aviation Authority’s investigation team was notified of an accident involving a glider. 

“The accident happened in the vicinity of the New Tempe Airport. 

“Two people were on board this recreational type of aircraft and they sustained injuries.”

It is not clear if the glider fell from the sky or if it crashed during landing or take off. 

The identities of the two injured British nationals has yet to be released. 

Express.co.uk has contact the Foreign Office for comment.

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Publish date : 2019-01-04 16:25:00

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