An Air Cadet glider pilot survived a crash landing onto the roof of a convenience store in Langley City Sunday morning.
According to witnesses, just after 10 a.m., the glider apparently clipped some trees to the north east of the Meadow's Mart corner store at 208th Street and 56th Avenue, just a block away from the Langley Bypass.
"It sounded like a construction site had dropped a big sheet of metal," said Christine Macdonald, who lives across the street.
Macdonald and several other neighbours said the lone pilot was talking when he was removed from the crashed aircraft.
The glider came to a halt with one wing leaning off the north edge of the corner store. Langley City firefighters used an aerial ladder and bucket lift to bring the man down from the roof. He was brought down on a backboard and taken to hospital by BC Ambulance crews. The man's condition was not considered serious, according to City Fire Chief Rory Thompson.
Langley RCMP closed down the intersection, but dozens of spectators lined nearby streets to see the glider dangling from the roof.
Despite the crash, the glider did not appear to have suffered heavy damage. It had some damage to one wing, possibly from hitting a tree.
Air Cadet glider flights are a common sight on weekends, usually using an east-west running runway at the Langley Regional Airport. The Airport is about half a mile from the location of the crash. Local glider flights begin with the glider being pulled into the air by a tow plane, then released to come back down to earth under the glider pilot's control.
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