Two Huntingdonshire pilots in mid-air crash near Newmarket

TWO Huntingdonshire pilots have escaped without serious injuries after a mid-air crash in west Suffolk.

Suffolk police received a call from a member of the public who reported seeing a parachutist coming down over Newmarket this afternoon.

Police officers, firefighters, East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) and East Anglian Air Ambulance were all scrambled to the scene just before 4pm.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “We had a report just before 4pm of someone seeing a parachutist coming down near to where a load of gliders were flying about. There appears to be a competition going on.

“The report is two gliders have collided with one parachutist coming down in a field.”

Both casualties were found in a field on the east side of Newmarket gallops, close to the A1304 and the July Racecourse.

It is believed the other pilot ejected from the glider.

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Both pilots are members of Cambridge Gliding Club based at Gransden Lodge Airfield in Little Gransden.

A spokesman said: “They were flying from here as part of the club’s class cross country championships.

“Two gliders were involved in a mid-air collision and both pilots are safe.”

An EEAST spokesman confirmed one person was uninjured in the incident.

She added: “The other was initially unconscious but regained consciousness and escaped without traumatic injuries.

“That patient was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance.”

Officers from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are also at the incident.

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