Saturday, September 24, 2011

Plane crashes at South Cerney Army barracks. (UK)

A PLANE has crashed at an airfield in South Cerney this morning.

According to eyewitness reports it is believed the plane was coming in to land before 9am when it overshot the runway and crashed.

Reports suggest that no one was injured during the incident.

Eyewitness Tom McLean was playing golf at South Cerney Golf Course just before 9am when he heard the incident.

"There were three of us on the 15th green and we saw the plane come in to do a pass and have a look at the field," he said.

"It was very low but it was under control and the pilot looked as if he was enjoying himself. I had never seen a plane flying that close before.

"There did not seem to be any trouble but as he came in to land we heard an engine noise, a bit like he was throttling back. He landed further down the runway than I had ever seen before and then we all heard the crash. We were about a mile away."

Mr McLean said he watched vehicles rush across the airfield to the scene and was concerned that the incident may have been serious. He said he was relieved that initial reports suggested the pilot had suffered no injury.

"I drove past later and the cockpit was sticking through a hedge with the wings resting on the hedge," he added. "It looked like he had just overshot the runway."

It is understood the Civil Aviation Authority has been informed.

The Standard will bring you more on this story as details emerge.

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