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North Yorkshire glider crash pilot stuck for hour

A pilot whose glider crashed into a hedge had to wait for an hour for help because the aircraft's navigation system was lost in the impact.

The glider was en-route from Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, to Durham Tees Airport on Monday afternoon.

The pilot suffered a fractured ankle in the crash in North Yorkshire and was taken to James Cook Hospital.

The aircraft crashed on land at Appleton Grange Farm at Appleton Wiske between Northallerton and Yarm.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "There was initial difficulty in locating the collision scene as the navigation system on the glider was lost on impact.

"A large search was conducted by the emergency service teams in the nearby area, but it was a member of the public who found the glider and pilot.

"We do not have any further details of the pilot at this time.

"However, it is understood that he was travelling to Durham Tees Valley Airport from Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, in the motorless glider."

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