WAIMEA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - An 80-year-old man was injured when the motorized glider he was piloting crashed at the Waimea South Kohala Airport.
According to authorities, the man was approaching the airport to land in glider mode just after 10 a.m. Sunday. However, the pilot lost altitude while turning into the landing pattern. Investigators said the pilot tried to start the engine in an attempt to make it to the runway but the engine failed to the start. The aircraft then made a forced landing in a pasture about 150 yards southeast of the runway.
The man was taken to the North Kohala Community Hospital in stable condition. The glider, valued at $250,000, sustained moderate damage.