Probe into air crash hours be­fore show

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By NICK REINIS nick.reinis@pe­ter­bor­oughto­

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.

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