999 ser­vices scram­bled over re­ports that air­craft had ‘crash landed’ in area

BUR­TON MAIL READER TELLS HOW THEY SPOT­TED AIR AM­BU­LANCE

Burton Mail - - News - By BEN WAL­DRON ben­jamin.wal­dron@reach­plc.com

A LARGE num­ber of emer­gency ser­vice crews were called out to re­ports that an air­craft had “crash landed” in Der­byshire.

Of­fi­cers were scram­bled to what turned out to be a false alarm shortly af­ter 3pm on Sun­day to the Overseal area.

A res­i­dent had re­ported see­ing a low-fly­ing air­craft and was con­cerned that it had crash landed, which led to emer­gency ser­vice crews be­ing mo­bilised.

Der­byshire po­lice, Der­byshire Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and East Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice were all called to the scene, as well as an air am­bu­lance.

Fol­low­ing a search, an air­craft sim­i­lar to the one de­scribed by the caller was found hav­ing safely landed on a pri­vate land­ing strip in the area.

A Der­byshire po­lice spokesman said: “Of­fi­cers were called by col­leagues at East Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice to re­ports of con­cern for a low fly­ing air­craft in the Overseal area at 3.10pm on Sun­day, July 12. The caller was con­cerned that the air­craft had crash landed close to their prop­erty but had not seen a crash.

“Po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance (in­clud­ing the air am­bu­lance) at­tended the area and, af­ter a short search, found a pri­vate land­ing strip on which an air­craft, match­ing the de­scrip­tion of that seen, had re­cently safely landed.

“The call was made in good faith and all emer­gency ser­vices left the scene once it was es­tab­lished there had been no crash.”

One Overseal res­i­dent told the Bur­ton Mail they saw an air am­bu­lance at around 3.30pm.

They said: “For a while I could hear a few sirens in the dis­tance but didn’t think much of it.

“Then I heard a he­li­copter fly over­head - it was the air am­bu­lance so I thought some­thing must have hap­pened close by.

“It cir­cled the bot­tom end of Overseal and must have gone over­head three times.

“By that time I could hear more and more sirens in the dis­tance and could hear them non stop for about 10 to 20 min­utes I think.

“Usu­ally I think some­thing has hap­pened on the M42 but the sirens were in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

“For all those emer­gency ser­vices to be needed it sounded re­ally re­ally se­ri­ous.”

BUR­TON MAIL READER

An air am­bu­lance above Overseal on Sun­day. Po­lice, the amublance ser­vice and fire­fight­ers were also alerted

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