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Tuesday, 5 March, 2002, 20:31 GMT
Elderly man survives glider crash
Gilder in the air
The glider's pilot landed safely
A 76-year-old man has survived a glider crash in the Peak District.

Police say that the pilot bailed out of his aircraft after suffering mechanical difficulties at around 1500 GMT on Tuesday.

It then crashed at a farm at Abney near Hathersage.

Observers at a nearby gliding club, of which the man is a member, were alarmed when they saw the man jump but did not see his parachute open.

However, police officers said that it had opened, and that the man had landed safely.

Emergency crews, including the air ambulance and mountain rescue teams, spent much of the afternoon searching for the pilot and his glider.

Air accident investigators and police are now examining the incident.


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