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Plane crash injures man in Northchapel, West Sussex, UK

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A LIGHT aircraft crashed into a field in Northchapel on 13th September 2014.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it was called by police at 1.14pm, to reports of he crash in a field off of Pipers Lane.
One man was injured and taken to hospital by ambulance.

Plane crash and man rushed to hospital by helicopter at South Cave, Yorkshire, UK

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A man was airlifted to hospital after crashing a plane near South Cave.

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said the light aircraft crashed off Beverley Road following take-off from the Mount Airey airfield, shortly before 6pm on Friday.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance was called to take the man to hospital, while firefighters made the aircraft safe.


Plane crash seriously injuring two in Isle of Bute, UK

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Two people have been seriously injured after a light aircraft crashed on an island.

Emergency services were called to the scene between the Kilchattan Bay and Kingarth areas of the Isle of Bute at around 3.45pm today.

Police Scotland said that two people on board have been taken to hospital.

The force said that investigations into the circumstances of the incident are at an early stage.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue service said that it had three fire engines at the scene.

The Scottish Ambulance Service said that one person has been taken to hospital on the island while the other has been airlifted to the Southern General in Glasgow.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said they are aware of the incident and will be investigating.

Plane crash kills two in Nottinghamshire, UK

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Two men were killed when the light aircraft they were flying crashed in a field in Nottinghamshire

They were believed to be the only people on board when the plane came down near the M1 motorway on Saturday.

Witnesses described it nose-diving before the crash.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed an investigation was under way after the accident near Hucknall at about 13:30 BST between junctions 26 and 27.

Inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been deployed to the scene, a spokeswoman for the force said.

‘Lost control’

Craig Wing, 31, from Clifton, was approaching junction 27 when he saw the aircraft was in trouble.

He said: “It lost control and it just dipped straight down. [The pilot] managed to swerve from the M1 and into the field.”

Mr Wing, who described the aircraft as a glider, added: “I’ve gone straight over to the plane and obviously seen the two people, it was very upsetting.

“I had to do what I had to do. I wanted to try and help.”

One lane was closed on the M1 southbound.

Plane Deploys Parachute During Midair Emergency in Australia

Talk about having your camera ready at the right time. Videographer Doug Turner happened to capture footage of a light plane descending to ground via parachute. The footage below is believed to be the only existing video relating to the incident.
Designed for light aircraft, the parachute has allowed four people to make a miraculous escape from a plane crash in the Blue Mountains after their aircraft suffered mechanical failure midair.
The male pilot of the Cirrus aircraft managed to miss houses and major powerlines before the plane landed in the front yard of a house at Lawson (NSW Australia) at 2.10pm on Saturday, 10 May.
All four people on-board escaped serious injury with only one passenger taken to hospital for minor neck pain. The only reported property damage was to the front fence of one house.
NSW Police said the pilot deployed the aircraft’s parachute at 1300 metres “following an emergency incident”. 
According to Cirrus’ guide to CAPS, the parachute is activated by the pilot pulling a red handle in the cockpit. Once it is pulled, a cable causes a rocket to ignite which dislodges the CAPS cover, which sits behind the baggage compartment. The parachute is then deployed. Cirrus says that, as of January this year, 85 lives have been saved when pilots or passengers have activated the system.

Plane crash kills pilot in Kilifi, Kenya

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The pilot of a private light aircraft died on the spot after the craft developed mechanical problems and   crashed at Musumarani Amkeni area in   Kilifi county on Friday evening. Kilifi County Commissioner  Erastus Ekidor said the aircraft was on a fly test. Mr Ekidor added that the pilot of the aircraft, who was the only occupant, died on the spot and the aircraft was extensively damaged. The commissioner said the accident occurred at around 2pm after it left kijipwa private airstrip about 3 kilometers from the airstrip. The County boss said the pilot flew the aircraft for about ten minutes before it developed mechanical problems.

Plane Crash Seriously Injures Two Passengers Just Outside Gloucester, UK
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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.

Two Planes Crash In Separate Incidents Killing Both Pilots In New Zealand
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Two pilots have been killed in separate glider-related crashes on Sunday.

In the first, a Christchurch pilot was killed after his light aircraft crashed and caught fire near Springfield following a glider towing operation.

Police have named the man as Martin Lowen, 55, who is believed to be the sole occupant of the aircraft.

His aircraft crashed near Springfield, inland from Christchurch, about midday.

“Shortly before the crash the aircraft was towing a glider up from a nearby airfield. The glider landed safely,” police said in a statement.

About 4pm, the pilot of a glider was killed after their aircraft crashed on a farm in the Drury Hills, south of Auckland.

The glider had launched from the Auckland Gliding Club’s private airfield at Drury about two hours earlier.

Police are yet to notify the next of kin.

Police and the Transport Accident Investigation Commission are investigating both crashes.

Light Plane Crashes In Tauranga, New Zealand
A plane coming in to land at Tauranga Airport this afternoon has crashed.
The light aircraft crashed on Runway 25 at the airport about 2.45pm, a Northern Fire Communications spokesman said.
It is understood the sole occupant of the plane was not badly hurt, although St John Ambulance were called to the scene.
Tauranga and Mount Maunganui firefighters were also called but stood down before arriving at the airport, the spokesman said.

Plane Makes Emergency Landing On Road, Bronx, USA

Small plane makes emergency landing on Bronx highway

Three people are treated in hospital after a small aircraft touches down on a Bronx highway and manages to dodge the traffic

A light aircraft has made an emergency landing on an interstate highway in New York City.

Fire Department officials said the plane touched down at 3.20pm on Saturday on the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, in an area where the highway passes through Van Cortlandt Park.

Light aircraft makes emergency landing on Bronx highway

Three people were on board, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and fire officials said all three were taken to hospital.

There have been no immediate reports of serious injuries.

The FAA said damage to the aircraft was minor. Images of the Piper PA28 showed it was largely intact.

It was unclear why the plane set down on the highway. The road has been closed and emergency personnel were on the scene.