Wiltshire

Plane crashed in Wiltshire field after canopy opened

A light aircraft crashed in a Wiltshire field after the cockpit canopy became unlatched and partially opened, a report has concluded.

The crash happened in June as the pilot was landing at Old Sarum airfield.

The pilot radioed a mayday call but decided he could not reach the airfield and so landed in a field nearby where the aircraft flipped over in crops.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said it would issue advice on the locking mechanism on such aircraft.

The pilot was not badly injured in the landing but did lose consciousness for "a few moments" before kicking his way out of the cockpit.

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