Probe into air crash hours before show
A PILOT had a lucky escape after the aircraft he was flying overshot its landing spot and crashed into a dyke.
The crash took place on Saturday at around 5.30am, when the aircraft, which is classified as a microlight, attempted to land on Snowden Field, in Crowland.
However, the aircraft, which according to the Civil Aviation Authority is registered to Thomas England of Dowsby, near Bourne, missed its landing and travelled across the field, where this year’s Crowland Show was due to take place hours later.
It is believed the bright red coloured microlight was going to form part of a local air cadet group’s stall at the show.
It came to a rest in a dyke after the crash and the pilot – whose identity has not been released – suffered only minor injuries.
Witness Philip Green, who took this picture of the aircraft, said: “A light aircraft attempted to land on Crowland’s show ground.
“The pilot got the touch down okay but failed to slow down and spectacularly crashed into a dyke.
“He was very lucky and escaped with just broken toes.”
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire police said they were called to the land off the B1040 Crowland Road at 5.48am to attend the incident.
He added: “The aircraft overshot the runway and went into a dyke.
“No one was seriously injured and the matter has been passed to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).”
The AAIB has confirmed an investigation into the crash has been launched.
However, they have no further information into its circumstances at this time.
A spokesperson for the branch said: “We are aware of the incident and we will be investigating.
“We will not be visiting the scene but we will speak to the pilot.”
DRAMA: The microlight aircraft crash landed in a dyke at Snowden Field, Crowland, just hours before the Crowland Show.