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Man badly injured in plane crash

Police at the scene of the crash
An inquiry will be held into the cause of the crash

A man was seriously injured when a light aircraft crashed into a field in Gloucestershire on Tuesday afternoon.

Two men were in the Cirrus aircraft which landed in a field next to the M5 when it developed a mechanical fault near Staverton Airport.

Police said one man had been taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by air ambulance, with spinal injuries.

The other person escaped without serious injury, a spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said.

He added: "One of the men was able to climb out of the damaged plane unaided and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

"The other was more seriously injured with suspected spinal injuries.

"He had got out and was lying on one of the wings when the emergency services arrived."

Mark Ryan Director of Gloucestershire Airport received a mayday call just after 1430 GMT.

"The pilot was forced to make an emergency textbook landing in the fields. Our emergency services' orders were in status straight away and the teams arrived very shortly afterwards."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the Department of Transport has been informed and is due to carry out an inquiry.



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