VANCOUVER -- An air cadet who crashed his glider on top of a Langley, B.C., convenience store Sunday morning escaped the rough landing with only minor injuries, according to the Transportation Safety Board and Air Cadets Pacific Region.
Around 10 a.m. Sunday, the single-seat glider ended up on the roof of the Meadows Mart near 208 Street and 56 Avenue after gliding over houses.
The Meadows Mart is near the Langley Regional Airport, which is often used by the cadets to train young pilots.
Air Cadets public affairs officer Capt. Amelie Leduc said no one was injured on the ground.
“It’s an unfortunate start of a beautiful Sunday,” Leduc said. “The cadet is OK and that is our first priority.”
Leduc did not know what squadron the pilot was from, but said he was between 16 and 18 years of age and qualified to fly.
His name was not released.
The Transportation Safety Board said Sunday it was assessing if an investigation is needed.
Ray Maxwell of the Vancouver Soaring Association said typically such a craft would be travelling at about 55 km/h during a landing.
But Maxwell said he knew nothing about Sunday’s crash and didn’t want to speculate on its cause.