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Pilot 'badly shaken' after crash in Lundin Links

Field beside Pilmuir Road
Image caption The aircraft crashed in a field beside Pilmuir Road

A pilot was left "badly shaken" after his light plane clipped a combine harvester as it landed on a farm in Fife.

Stewart Russell, who owns the farm near Lundin Links, was approaching a private runway in his two-seater plane at about 11:00 when it flipped on to its roof.

The 75-year-old pilot was taken to Ninewells hospital in Dundee.

His brother George said he was left battered, bruised and badly shaken.

Image caption George Russell said his brother clipped a combine harvester as he came in to land

He told BBC Scotland: "My brother Stewart was coming in to land, it's a nice sunny day so ideal conditions.

"He came down and had to avoid a combine harvester sitting close to the runway and the wing tip hit the combine and it rolled over a few times.

"He's badly bruised and shaken but hopefully he will be OK."

The pilot's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

An investigation into the crash is under way with a specialist crane being sent from East Kilbride to move the wreckage.

A police cordon was put in place around the site.

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