Pilot in hospital after Madison Co. glider crash

Posted at 8:43 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-16 15:51:00-04

MADISON CO., Ind. -- The FAA will be in Madison County on Monday to investigate the crash of a glider.

A glider, or sailplane, is a type of aircraft that does not have an engine.

Deputies were called to the 7200 block of W 700 N shortly before 5pm Sunday.

They found the pilot of the glider,  Richard Smith, 65, Greentown, Ind., lying on the ground.

Smith told deputies that he caught a downdraft and was trying to recover from it but could not.

He said the sailplane hit the ground, nose first, then the right wing caught the ground and knocked him back about 30 feet.  The glider came to rest on its belly.

Smith told deputies he was able to unbuckle himself and get out he glider after it went down.

He was taken to Community Hospital to be treated for a stiff back and minor aches.