Glider makes dramatic landing in field near Harborough

The glider after its emergency landing. Photo by Nick Shaw/HFM
The glider after its emergency landing. Photo by Nick Shaw/HFM

A dramatic emergency landing had to be made by a glider pilot in a grain field near Market Harborough yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

The male pilot, who was unscathed in the incident, got into difficulties after taking off from The Gliding Centre at the Husbands Bosworth airfield in Sibbertoft Road just a few miles away.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the glider flying low over Market Harborough Golf Club, off the A508 Great Oxendon Road, and after the emergency landing two men rushed over to see if he was okay.

The landing site was off the Northampton Road, between Market Harborough and the village of Great Oxendon.

The pilot was named locally as Peter Metcalfe from East Lothian in Scotland.

He was reportedly part of a group of about 14 visitors to The Gliding Centre yesterday and Mr Metcalfe had set off towards Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire but ran out of ‘lift’.

“It is part of gliding. We will recover the glider later and take it by road back to the gliding centre,” he was quoted as saying to other local media.