TWO people were seriously injured when a light aircraft crashed north of Gloucester.
A 46-year-old male pilot from Coleford and a 55-year-old female passenger suffered multiple injuries after a microlight crashed during take-off from a farm airstrip at Over Farm on Tuesday, March 4.
The microlight came down on the airstrip operated by Rob Keene, owner of the Over Farm Market.
The woman was flown by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol, and the pilot was taken by road ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
He suffered broken bones and she was treated for back and pelvic injuries but both are in a stable condition.
An ambulance service spokesman said both were conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived.
Mr Keene’s son, Rees, said: “The pilot is a middle aged man who has been using our flying facilities here for about a year. He stores them microlight here.
“He was taking off yesterday with a woman passenger when for some reason he aborted and crash landed.
“I don’t know the reason for the aborted take off. It could have been an engine failure, the mud on our runway at the moment or a problem with to much weight for the craft.
“I understand they are both quite badly injured but not in a life-threatening way.”
He declined to name the pilot, whom he said he knew quite well after seeing him regularly flying from the farm airstrip over the last year.
The damaged microlight has now been moved from the crash site, he added.
The crash happened at 4pm and firefighters from Gloucester North, South and Cheltenham East fire stations rushed to the scene of the accident with South West Ambulance Service paramedics and police.
Both pilot and passenger were released before firefighters arrived after initial reports that they were trapped.
Fire crews were on scene for approximately one hour.
Police informed the Air Accident Investigation Bureau of the crash.
A spokesperson for the AAIB said: “We are aware of the incident and investigating via correspondence.”
The crash comes just two weeks after a light aircraft went down over the Sandhurst area when it experienced an engine problem. No one was injured during that incident but the plane was damaged.