Two rescued after dramatic glider crash in Marlborough

Two people have been rescued after their powered glider crashed on a mountain slope.

According to Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter, a "catastrophic wing failure" caused the aircraft to spiral approximately 1500 feet (457m). The glider then hit a steep slope in the remote Blairich mountain range, south of Blenheim.

The crash might have been worse were it not for the combination of the glider's spiral and the steep mountain face, says the helicopter operator.

Wreckage from the crash site.
Wreckage from the crash site. Photo credit: Nelson Marlborough Rescue Hospital

The pair, both from Marlborough, escaped the crash with minor injuries. After calling for help on a cellphone the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter came to their aid, landing on a small knoll near the wreckage.

They were airlifted to Wairau Hospital for further assessment and treatment.