Pilot breaks leg as plane crashes into trees

Turbulent Display Team member on Sunday
Turbulent Display Team member on Sunday

A light aircraft pilot suffered a broken leg when he crashed into trees, police said.

His single-seater plane came down near City Airport and Heliport in Salford, Greater Manchester at around 1pm on Monday.

The pilot, 67, was taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

No-one else was injured in the crash.

Sergeant Stuart Jones, of GMP, said: "Police, fire and ambulance crews were quickly on the scene and able to get the man out of the aircraft.

"The man has been taken to hospital and is being treated for his injuries. We wish him a speedy recovery.

"Officers will be in the area whilst the clean-up operation takes place."

City Airport and Heliport declined to comment on the incident.

On Sunday, spectators at Kent's Herne Bay air show waded into the sea to help a pilot who ditched his light aircraft into the water after it ran into trouble.

The air show said on its Facebook page that the incident involved the Turbulent Display Team, and confirmed that the pilot suffered minor injuries.

In Aberdeenshire, Scotland, a man was taken to hospital following a microlight crash at around 11.15am.

Emergency services were called to an airfield at Premnay, near Insch, after a craft came down in a field next to the airstrip.

The pilot, believed to be a man in his 50s, was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI) with what police described as ''potentially serious injuries'', though not life-threatening.

A man and woman were injured when their microlight crashed in Argyll and Bute, earlier this month.

The Breezer B600 plane, which had taken off from Mull, came down near the village of Benderloch on August 2.