UPDATED: Emergency services have rushed to the scene of a aviation crash near Chale this lunchtime, resulting in one person receiving serious injuries.
It is understood the female pilot of a hang glider has crashed into the cliff face near to Blackgang, approximately 80m down, suffering suspected spinal injuries.
The incident happened shortly after 12:30
Coastguard Rescue teams from The Needles, Newport and Ventnor are on the scene and are currently performing a cliff rescue to reach the injured woman, who is said to live locally.
A Doctor and Paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are also on the scene, near to Blythe Shute.
Coastguard 104 is assisting in the incident and has lowered a spinal board down to the rescue teams.
UPDATE: The unnamed woman has been airlifted to Southampton General Hospital this afternoon, touching down at 15:10.
UPDATE: Island Echo’s original reports suggested the woman was originally using a hang glider, but this has since been confirmed to be a paraglider.
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