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12:06 Friday 17 October 2014  Written by Simon Meechan

Hero flying instructor steps in to bring plane down in field after loss of power

Emergency services attended an ‘incident’ involving a plane near White Waltham Airfield this morning.

A spokeswoman for West London Aero Club, which is based at the airfield in Waltham Road,  confirmed a fixed wing aircraft was involved in an ‘incident’ this morning in a field adjacent to the club.

She said the emergency services – including the Air Ambulance – attended the scene.

She added that ‘everybody is fine’ and there were no serious injuries.

Police say they were called at 9.30 to reports that a light aircraft had crashed.

The officers reported that they suspect the crash was caused by a 'loss of power' to the plane.

Two people were taken to Wexham Park Hospital.

UPDATE 12.27pm:

South Central Ambulance said it was called at 9.26am.

It sent an ambulance officer, two ambulance crews and the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance to the West London Aero Club.

Two men were taken to Wexham Park Hospital by ambulance.

A spokesman for the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “We are aware of the incident and we are making initial enquiries.”

UPDATE 12.52pm:

Mark Green, a pilot and chief fire officer at West London Aero Club, has given further details on the incident.

He said the plane was being used for a flying lesson.

The trainee pilot was flying circuits as part of learning how to take off and land

The plane suffered a loss of power.

Mark said: “The instructor took control and made the decision to try and land in a field. He realised he wasn’t going to make the airfield.”

Mark said: “On the approach to the field he displayed excellent pilot skills and managed to fly underneath the power cables before clipping a hedge, which then brought the aircraft to an abrupt half in the field.

The instructor put in a mayday call to the club, who dispatched their own fire crew and called the emergency services

Mark added that both the instructor and learner pilot are expected back at the airfield this afternoon, with neither seriously hurt.

UPDATE 1.28pm:


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