York & North Yorkshire

Emergency landing ends in Yorkshire river

Plane in River Derwent
Image caption The plane is submerged in the River Derwent

An investigation was under way after a light aircraft made an emergency landing and ended up upside-down in a river in the Yorkshire countryside.

The plane could be seen in the 50ft-wide River Derwent, near the village of Aughton in East Yorkshire, with just part of its tail above the water.

Two people freed themselves after the aircraft came down at the weekend.

They were taken to hospital for treatment, but were not believed to have been seriously hurt.

A spokesman for Humberside Fire Service said crews were called to the remote spot at about 1615 BST on Saturday.

He said the two people onboard did not need rescuing as they had got out themselves.

The spokesman said an air ambulance landed to take them to hospital.

He also said the Environment Agency was alerted due to the plane being in the river.

The aircraft is understood to have taken off from from Sherburn Aero Club, which is about eight miles away.

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