Canadian Air Cadet Lands Glider on Rooftop

** Photo courtesy of CTV British Columbia**

A Schweizer SGS 2-33A sailplane came up a bit short of the intended runway on Sunday. The unidentified teenage pilot, a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets and an experienced glider pilot with a private pilot's license, landed on the roof of a convenience store a half mile short of his intended runway at Langley Regional Airport near Vancouver, British Columbia. He emerged without major injuries.

Witnesses report he hit a tree on his approach and narrowly missed power lines before coming to rest on the roof. The roof was damaged by the main wheel of the glider, whose wings were also damaged. It was dismantled by the cadet organization and is expected to be repaired.

Captain Amelie Leduc, a senior officer of the cadet group in British Columbia, Canada said, "It was very fortunate that the cadet was alive and walked out of the aircraft. He has minor injuries, if anything."

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Mark Phelps is a senior editor at AVweb. He is an instrument rated private pilot and former owner of a Grumman American AA1B and a V-tail Bonanza.

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