Hang glider man dies after crash

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A HANG glider pilot died after crash landing into the face of Mam Tor in the Peak District.

The 52-year-old, who has not been named, was gliding near Castleton on Thursday when tragedy struck.

He smashed into the cliff face at speed and initially survived the impact but died in hospital in the early hours of yesterday.

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is being carried out by officers from Derbyshire Police on behalf of the coroner.

Fellow gliders and walkers who witnessed the collision rushed to the stricken glider pilot’s aid and managed to stabilise him before a paramedic arrived at the scene.

Members of the Edale and Buxton Mountain Rescue Teams were also scrambled and gave emergency medical care before he was transferred to a waiting ambulance.

The weather conditions prevented an air ambulance from landing.

Dr Steve Rowe, a member of Edale Mountain Rescue Team who works at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, praised the efforts of everyone involved in the battle to save the hang glider pilot.

He said: “He appears to have been trying to land when for whatever reason, maybe a gust of wind, he ended up losing height pretty quickly and impacting with the face of Mam Tor.

“People who saw this managed to reach him despite his precarious position on a steep part of the cliff face.

“They managed to move him to a slightly flatter area and then the police, ambulance service and mountain rescue teams arrived and everyone played a part in helping him.”