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UKIP's Nigel Farage back home in Kent after air crash

Nigel Farage being rescued from the plane wreckage
Mr Farage suffered minor injuries in the plane crash

The South East MEP and former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has spoken of his delight at being home after surviving a light aircraft crash.

He suffered broken ribs, bruised lungs and facial injuries in the accident in Northamptonshire on polling day.

Speaking from his home in Westerham, Kent, Mr Farage, 46, said: "I've been meeting local people, but I'm pretty tired after going down to the village.

"It's good to see my children - and it's a good thing I'm still around."

The MEP was discharged from hospital on Saturday, two days after the plane he was in crashed at Hinton-in-the-Hedges.

'Luckiest man alive'

The plane was towing a UKIP banner as part of his general election campaign for the Buckingham seat.

He said he feared he would burn to death in the wreckage and that he and the pilot had known for five minutes before impact they were going to crash.

Nigel Farage said he hoped if he was going to die, it would be quick

Mr Farage was treated at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford after being transferred from Horton General Hospital, Banbury. The pilot, Justin Adams, also needed hospital treatment.

Mr Farage had said he was "the luckiest man alive".

He was unable to attend the count at Aylesbury Civic Centre where Commons Speaker John Bercow, whom he had been standing against, was re-elected to his Buckingham seat.

Northamptonshire Police are still investigating the crash, which happened at about 0800 BST on 6 May.

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