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Two men uninjured after aircraft crashes in Oxfordshire

Picture of plane in bushes after crash
Image caption Power to homes in the village has been lost after a cable was damaged

A pilot and his passenger escaped uninjured after their plane crashed in north Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police said the plane came down in a field in Hornton, near Banbury, at about 1540 BST.

The two men managed to flee the wreckage after the light aircraft came down with a parachute attached to it.

Power to homes in the village was lost after a cable was damaged. The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been informed of the crash.

Oxfordshire fire and rescue service were called and discovered the single-engined aircraft which had crashed into a tree.

The pilot and passenger managed to escape the wreckage which had started to leak fuel.

Resident Ray Branson said he heard an explosion and saw the plane fall to the ground.

He told BBC news: "The two gentlemen were in it, he shouted across to me where are we?

"We asked if they had any injuries but he said, 'no we are both fine, haven't got a scratch."

Station manager Paul Debling added: "The pilot and his passenger were very lucky to be able to walk away uninjured and the outcome could so easily have been far worse."

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