Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hang Glider In Shock Trauma - Ridgely Airpark (KRJD), Caroline County, Maryland

PHOTO BY Abby Andrews

PHOTO BY Abby Andrews

A hang glider is in Shock Trauma in serious condition after making a hard landing in a field in Caroline County. 

 It happened Wednesday during a special event at the Ridgely Airport, according to a spokesman at the state police barrack in Easton.

The pilot went down in a tall wheat field after his equipment didn't flare properly.

He was part of the East Coast Hang Glider Championship, a national hang gliding competition, according to a co-owner of Highland Aerosports in Ridgely. The company puts on the annual event.

Adam Elchin tells WBAL Radio News that the pilot suffered a brain injury.

There were more than 20 gliders taking part in the competition. Other gliders landed in the area, according to Elchin. The injured pilot was the only one to have a bad landing.

He adds that in eight years of the company hosting the championship, this is the first time a pilot has needed medical attention.


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