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Glider Crash near Mt. Mitchell

An amazing rescue after a pilot crashes his glider into the top of some trees on a steep mountainside.

The glider was tethered to a plane that had taken off from Shiflet Field in Marion.

It went down in Yancey County after being released. 

The glider and the pilot were left stuck, dangling above the ground.

What was supposed to be a beautiful glide through the mountains went horribly wrong for 66 year old Jay Campbell of Camden South Carolina

The glider Campbell was in crashed into a tree near Big Ridge Road, near Mount Mitchell.

Gary Banks, Yancey County Sheriff, "He was towed out of McDowell county Marion this morning. I was told he was still attached to he plane that was pulling him."

Over he next hour, five fire departments, an ems unit and French Broad Electric worked to free Campbell-dangerously close to power lines using a bucket truck and a front end loader.

"He had some blood on his face and some abdominal pain but was talking and responding the whole time."

Once off the mountain, Campbell was airlifted to a hospital in Johnson City Tennessee.

Lifelong South Toe resident Sonny Autrey says gliders are a common sight in this area this time of year

South Toes fire Chief says he's glad this dangerous hobby didn't turn deadly in his community.

Tony Laws, South Toe Fire Chief, "we feel great that It was a success getting him out and he's still alive."

The sheriff says the FAA is coming to investigate the incident, but there's no word right now on when that will be.

 



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