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Kingston Bagpuize light aircraft emergency landing after engine failure

The pilot and passengers of a light aircraft "had a very lucky escape" after being forced to make an emergency landing in a field in Oxfordshire.

The four-seater Cessna aircraft was heading to London Oxford Airport before suffering engine failure in the Kingston Bagpuize area near Abingdon.

No one on board suffered injuries in the incident on Sunday at 18:30 BST between Southmoor and Charney Bassett.

Dean Hazell from Abingdon Fire Station said it "could have been very serious".

He said: "They had a very lucky escape....the aircraft landed in the field upright without any obvious damage."

The field is adjacent to the Hanney Road between Southmoor and Charney Bassett.

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said: "The aircraft had suffered engine failure prior to landing at Kidlington airport and the pilot had to make the decision to land in the field."

Fire crews from Abingdon, Oxford, Faringdon, Wheatley, Wantage and Kidlington attended the scene.

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