Saturday, March 17, 2012

Eshott Airfield in Bockenfield, UK: Pilot jumps to safety as Flash 2 Alpha Microlight takes off on its own then crashes in flames after throttle got jammed

Trainee pilot taken to hospital after plane runs over his leg

A pilot had to jump out of his plane today after it became jammed on full throttle and careered dangerously out of control.

The microlight ran over the man's leg before taking off and performing two 360-degree loops.

But the aircraft soon stalled and crashed to the ground in a ball of flames at Eshott Airfield in Bockenfield, Northumberland.

The pilot, believed to be a trainee at the airfield in his 30s, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Emergency services were called just after 1.10pm to reports of a crash.

It is believed the pilot had been starting up his Flash 2 Alpha Microlight aircraft when the technical mishap occurred.

An eyewitness told how the aircraft raced down the runway, at which point the man decided to jump out.

He said: 'The student, who I believe is called Paul, started up the plane, but it was stuck on full throttle.

'The plane ran away down the runway and he decided to jump out.

'But it ran over him. I don't know if he broke his leg or injured his knee. The plane managed to take off without anyone in it, where it did two 360-degree loops.

'On the third loop, it stalled and crashed to the ground and then burst into flames.'
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