Wiltshire

One dead in gyrocopter crash near Wiltshire airfield

Old Sarum airfield - library picture
Image caption The accident happened close to Old Sarum airfield

One person has been killed in a gyrocopter crash near an airfield in Wiltshire, Great Western Ambulance Service has said.

Emergency services were called to a field close to Old Sarum airfield just after 1230 BST.

Wiltshire Fire Service said the craft was engulfed in flames after the crash.

An airfield spokesman confirmed there had been a crash and the ambulance service said crews which had been en route to the scene had been stood down.

A Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: "When crews arrived they found a gyrocopter well alight.

"Crews worked with the airfield fire service to extinguish the blaze."

A gyrocopter - or autogyro - is a small, helicopter-like aircraft which generates lift using a free-spinning rotor.

Pilots require a licence and must fly in daylight, within sight of the ground, more than 500ft from other vehicles and buildings.

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