Roanoke dentist in fair condition after glider crashes in Montgomery County

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the plane crash

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MCCOY (WSLS 10) - A Roanoke man is listed fair condition Monday at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a serious glider plane crash last week in the McCoy area of Montgomery County.

The pilot of the glider has been identified as Alexander Wharton Ramsey, according to the tail number and Federal Aviation Administration's online registry.

Ramsey is slowly improving, as he was listed critical but stable condition on Friday.

Ramsey is an award winning dentist in Roanoke, and was recognized as a top Roanoke Dentistry practice in 2015, according to his website.

Ramsey went to high school in Richmond and then to Virginia Military Institute. While at VMI he developed his love of flying, earning his private pilot's license. After VMI, he went to Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry, his website says.

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Dr. Ramsey began his private practice in downtown Roanoke and then moved to his current location on Franklin Road in 1990.

As we've reported, Ramsey's glider plane was involved in a glider race with the Blue Ridge Soaring Society out of New Castle before it crashed last Thursday.

The glider struck some power lines before it crashed - going down behind a home at 4720 Straley Valley Road near the Lick Run Road intersection.

WSLS 10 spoke with one of the property owners who called 911.

"I came up to the guy and he was sitting up he was alert, he had a big gash in his head and two broken legs. I put a tournequet on the one that was bleeding the most. And then of course we called 911," said Joe Broce, property owner.

It appeared Ramsey has been communicating with EMS personnel on scene.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office says rescue crews flew the pilot by Lifeguard to Carilion Roanoke Memorial.

No structures were involved in the crash, but there was damage to a power line. Appalachian Power was working on repairs Thursday evening.

State police were on scene investigating and the FAA has been notified.