German glider pilot survives woodland crash
PR dla Zagranicy
A German glider pilot miraculously survived unscathed when his plane crashed into woodland on Monday afternoon near Lezyca, western Poland.
The glider suspended in woodland near Lezyca, western Poland. Photo: PAP/Lech Muszynski
The 26-year pilot was part of a group of German air enthusiasts who had undergone instruction at an air club in Przylep, near Zielona Gora.
The pilot lost control of the glider during a downpour while flying over woodland, and apparently clipped part of a tree, sending the vehicle plunging into the canopy below.
Police spokesperson Malgorzata Barska has confirmed that the 26-year-old was sober.
“Fortunately, he was able to climb down to the ground on his own via a ladder,” she told the TVN24 news channel.
The Lezyca incident marks the second air crash in three days, following Saturday's fatal accident near Czestochowa in which 11 died during a skydiving expedition. (nh/pg)
Source: TVP, TVN