Gloucestershire

Pilot and passenger escape Forest of Dean plane crash

A pilot and his passenger have escaped from a light aircraft that crashed at an airfield in the Forest of Dean.

Emergency services were called to Spence Airfield, near English Bicknor, at about 12:45 BST on Friday.

The plane was trying to land when its wheels clipped a hedge and it flipped over and caught fire, the fire service said.

Police said the pilot and female passenger's injuries were not thought to be serious.

Watch Commander Gordon Lambert, from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said that as the plane came into land, the wheels clipped a hedge at the end of the runway causing the plane to spin over and lose a wing.

The plane landed upside down and caught fire, he said.

The pilot and passenger were both taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital for treatment.

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