Saturday, July 28, 2012

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, G-KATS, Trustees of the G-KATS Group: Accident occurred July 27, 2012 at Eastbach (Spence) Airfield, near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

Two people were injured, one of them seriously, following a plane crash in Gloucestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a small plane that had crashed on landing at an airfield in Eastbach, English Bicknor at around 12.30pm.  The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and found a small plane that had crashed whilst attempting to land.  The plane had subsequently set on fire.

“Fortunately, the man and the woman who were in the plane had managed to escape from the wreckage despite being injured.

“A man, believed to be in his 60’s was treated at the scene for a serious head injury and also suspected back injuries.  His condition was stabilized and he was airlifted to Gloucester Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“A woman, believed to be in her 40’s, received treatment at the scene for a minor head injury and also neck pain.  She was also treated at the scene and transferred by a GWAS ambulance to hospital for further treatment.

“Considering the damage to the plane the pair were extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious or even fatal injuries.

“The Trusts HART Team were stood down before they arrived at the scene as it was established that their specialist skills were not required.”

An aircraft with a pilot and passenger on board crashed into a hedge and set alight in the Forest of Dean today. 

 The man and woman on the light aircraft were taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital after attempting to land at Spence Airfield in Eastbach near English Bicknor.

The male pilot and the woman passenger had managed to escape the plane and flames by the time emergency services arrived.

Both are said to have suffered slight, but not life-threatening injuries.

It is unknown where the pair are from and their ages are yet to be released.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service watch commander Gordon Lambert said: "As the plane came into land at the airfield, the wheels clipped a hedge at the end of the runway causing the plane to spin over and lose a wing.

"The plane landed upside down and immediately caught fire."

The pilot was flown to hospital by Air Ambulance.

A spokesman from the police said he was suffering from back injuries and cuts to the face.

The female was taken to the same hospital by road ambulance, believed to be also be suffering from cuts and possible head injuries.

Nine firefighters were called out just before 1pm on Friday before asking for back up. They were on scene for an hour.


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