Dorset

Man dies after Witchampton Tiger Moth biplane crash

One of two men seriously injured when a Tiger Moth biplane crashed in a field in Dorset has died in hospital.

The aircraft came down at Witchampton, between Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum, on Sunday afternoon.

It had taken off from Compton Abbas Airfield, near Shaftesbury, before coming down 980ft (300m) away from Rowbarrow Lane, Witchampton.

Police said one of the occupants died overnight but they would not confirm whether it was the passenger or pilot.

An eyewitness said he thought the aircraft was doing aerobatics shortly before coming down.

'Swirling around'

About 30 firefighters attended the crash and the men were airlifted to hospital by a coastguard helicopter and an air ambulance.

Nigel Phillips, of Poole, said he saw the Tiger Moth crash from Wimborne St Giles.

He said he saw it "spinning around" before it nose-dived towards the ground, behind a ridge.

"It was swirling around and we thought it was doing aerobatics," he said.

The pilot, a local man, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital while the passenger, a 26-year-old man from Poole, was taken to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

The site of the crash remains sealed off and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has begun an investigation.

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