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Cotswold Airport crash runway partially reopens

The wreckage of the crash
Image caption The solo pilot was said to be in a stable condition after surgery at Frenchay Hospital

The runway at Cotswold Airport has partially reopened three days after a Bronco plane crash-landed.

A 47-year-old pilot from Belgium suffered serious burns but was said to be in a stable condition after the practice flight crash on Tuesday.

Unlicensed aircraft are now able to use the runway, which has had its width temporarily reduced.

The Bronco aircraft was in the UK to be part of a static display at the 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo.

Counter-insurgency

Following the incident, the Breitling Aerobatic Jet Display, which was en route to the Farnborough Airshow, had become stranded at the airport.

Image caption The Bronco aircraft had been part of a static display at the 2012 Royal International Air Tattoo

The France-based team had eight aircraft on the ground but were able to take off and depart on Thursday.

A spokesman for the Royal International Air Tattoo said the Bronco, which was based at Kortrijk-Wevelgem airport in Belgium, was a light attack and reconnaissance aircraft.

It was developed in the 1960s as a special aircraft for counter-insurgency combat and was used during the Vietnam War.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

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