Glider crash near St Arnaud

00:40, Feb 15 2013

A 47-year-old Christchurch man was flown to hospital after the single-seater glider he was in crashed nose-first near St Arnaud yesterday.

Nelson Marlborough rescue helicopter pilot Jarrod Colbourne said the man landed two paddocks short of the Lake Station airstrip, about 8 kilometres west of St Arnaud.

The man was approaching a fence and spun the glider around, known as a ground loop, to avoid hitting it.

He was conscious when the rescue helicopter arrived and was treated at the scene by an onboard paramedic.

St John team manager Gary Tobin said the glider landed nose-first in the paddock and the pilot suffered moderate spine and chest injuries.

The helicopter arrived at the scene about 2pm and flew the man to Nelson Hospital about 3pm.

Update : A hospital spokeswoman said this morning (Thursday) the man was in a stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit.  

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