Dr. Taylor, who is an inventor and scientist, was travelling from Ronaldsway Airport in the Isle of Man.
Accident occurred Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Surrey, United Kingdom
Aircraft: SOCATA TBM700, registration:
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Uninjured.
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On October 15, 2016, a Socata TBM700 airplane, M-VNTR, undershot the runway at Fairoaks Airport (EGTF), near Surrey, England. There were two persons on board, one of whom was seriously injured.
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A "highly experienced pilot" was forced to make an emergency landing in a field next to an airport in Chobham after hearing a "loud noise".
John C. Taylor OBE suffered a broken arm after he crash-landed his TBM 900 aircraft in the field close to Fairoaks Airport on Saturday October 15 at around 8.35am , while his co-pilot suffered a "minor abrasion".
Dr. Taylor, who is an inventor and scientist, was travelling from Ronaldsway Airport in the Isle of Man and was due to land at the Chobham airport when the unexplained "loud noise" was heard.
A spokesman for Dr. Taylor said the cause of the accident is still unknown and will be examined by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.
The spokesman said: “On the morning of Saturday October 15, Dr John C Taylor piloted his aircraft with a turboprop engine, travelling with his co-pilot, from Ronaldsway airport in the Isle of Man to Fairoaks airport near Chobham , Surrey in the UK.
“Shortly before landing, a loud noise was heard and it was necessary to make an emergency landing in a field close to Fairoaks airport.
“The highly experienced pilot endured a broken arm while his co-pilot suffered a minor abrasion.
“Both were treated at St Peter’s Hospital at Chertsey.
“Dr. Taylor would like to thank the South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb), Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue for their support and assistance.
“The cause of the accident is unknown and will be examined by the Air Accident Investigations Branch.”
South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) sent one paramedic car and three ambulances to the scene after 8.30am.
Firefighters from Chertsey and Woking , and a water carrier from Camberley were dispatched, as well as Surrey Police officers.
The Surrey Fire and Rescue environmental protection unit was deployed from Dorking , in case of fuel spillage.
Dr. Taylor studied natural sciences at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University and returned to live on the Isle of Man around 40 years ago after running an engineering and manufacturing company called Otter Controls in Buxton, Derbyshire.
One of his most famous inventions is the thermostat controls for the cordless kettle.
Dr. Taylor founded Strix, which holds four Queen’s Awards for the 360-degrees cordless kettle connector, and he set up a clock development company, Fromanteel Ltd, which is named after the Fromanteel family of clockmakers of 17th-century London.
In 2011 Dr Taylor was appointed an OBE in the New Year’s Honors list for services to business and horology.
A plane has crash landed in a field next to Fairoaks Airport narrowly missing some large trees.
Two people were on board the private plane when came down in the field next to the Chobham airport, at 8.35am on Saturday (October 15).
Firefighters from Chertsey and Woking , and a water carrier from Camberley were sent to the scene, as well as Surrey Police officers and paramedics.
The Surrey Fire & Rescue environmental protection unit was also deployed from Dorking, in case of fuel spillage.
One of the fire officers in charge of the incident, Graham Whitfield from Woking Fire Station said the pilot and co-pilot on board were "lucky" to have narrowly missed three established oak trees in the field.
“We were told a plane had crash landed at Fairoaks and the pilot was injured," he said. "It came through from the police. There was no sign of fire but they were concerned about a fuel spillage.
“We were expecting it to have run off the end of the runway but it had crashed into a farmer's field about 100 yards from the end of the runway.
"It was coming into land to pick up a customer. There were two personnel on board- the pilot and the co-pilot.”
He said it was a brand new six person private plane.
“We had to make the scene safe," said crew commander Whitfield. "When we arrived the on site fire crews from Fairoaks were very good. They had turned up in a response vehicle and put a layer of foam down. We cooled off the engine.”
“They were very lucky,” added the crew manager. "It could have been a whole different story as they landed 50 yards from three oak trees."
It is believed the pilot sustained injuries to his wrist.