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Light aircraft crashes in garden

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The fire service said it was amazing that nobody on the ground was hurt

Two men have avoided serious injury after the light aircraft they were in crashed into the front garden of a house in Greater Manchester.

The plane, a microlight CT model, came down near to City Airport in Salford close to the M60 at about noon.

The pair, in their 20s, were treated at the scene. Residents from nearby homes were evacuated.

Paul Duggan from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue said it was "amazing" nobody on the ground was hurt.

The plane was returning to the airfield, formerly known as Barton Aerodrome, with engine failure when it struck telephone wires as it came down.

'Mayday call'

No-one was in the house when it crashed. The only damage to the property was to a wall and a car window.

The accident is now being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The pilot and his passenger were taken to Hope Hospital.

Robin Tudor from the airfield, also known as City Airport Manchester, said: "Moments after the aircraft took off from the airfield, we had a mayday call from the pilot to say he had engine failure.

"We expected the plane to head back to the airfield but it came down several hundreds yards away in a garden."

The aircraft is registered to Mainair Flying School, based at the airfield.

The flying school was unavailable for comment.

The microlight model which crashed is "popular for new pilots to buy once they have their licence," said Mainair's website.



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