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Paraglider airlifted to hospital

A paraglider pilot has been airlifted to hospital after he crash-landed in a field in Buckinghamshire.

The motorised paraglider crashed in a field behind Vincent Road in Aylesbury, on Wednesday evening.

Firefighters, who had to cross the River Thame using ladders, found the pilot about 20m from the aircraft.

Paramedics and firefighters secured the victim to a longboard before he was airlifted to hospital in a Thames Valley Police helicopter.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service crew manager Dave Whitelock said: "The crew worked very well with the other emergency services to deal with the situation."

Emergency services were alerted to the incident at about 1900 BST by a local resident who saw the paraglider drop to the ground.

Firefighters were at the scene for about 90 minutes.


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