Cotswold airport crash: what happened as 3 taken to hospital

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The accident happened at Cotswold Airport in Kemble, resulting in the closure of the A429

Three people were taken to the hospital after a small plane crashed into the air on Thursday April 4.

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The incident was referred to the Aircraft Accident Investigation Department, which said investigators had been dispatched to the scene of the accident.

That’s all you need to know.

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What happened?

The plane, with one pilot and two passengers, landed alongside the A429, which was closed for cleanup after the incident.

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A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “Just after 10.30am [on Thursday 4 August]we were responding to reports of a light aircraft which appeared to have overflown the runway at Cotswold Airport and landed in a ditch alongside the A429.”

They added: “The Air Accident Investigation Department has been informed. The road will likely be closed for a few hours to allow fuel and debris to be cleared.”

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Three people were taken to hospital after the plane landed in a ditch (Photo: Wiltshire Police)

The official UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) tweeted: “A light aircraft accident that occurred at Cotswold Airport this morning has been reported to the AAIB.

“An investigation has begun and a team of investigators is on its way to the scene of the accident.”

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PC Paul Brewster, of Wiltshire Police, said police are “contacting anyone who may have witnessed or has dashcam footage of this incident”.

Those who can help are asked to contact 101, quoting the 109 protocol and the date of the incident (Thursday, August 4).

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A light aircraft refers to an aircraft that has a maximum gross takeoff weight of 12,500 lb or less. They are generally used for personal use as well as for marketing purposes such as skywriting.

Has anyone been hurt?

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The Wiltshire Police spokesman said there were “no reported deaths or serious injuries” as a result of the crash and that the pilot and two passengers were “taken to hospital as a precaution”.

A spokesman for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue added: “We were called to the A429, Kemble at 10.41am this morning.

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“Crews from Stratton, Cirencester and Tetbury attended the incident where a light aircraft overshot the runway – the victims had rescued themselves before FRS arrived.

South Western Ambulance Service was at the scene (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)

“The incident has since been scaled back, with only one crew from Stratton remaining on site to join the Air Accident Investigation Branch to recover the aircraft.”

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The South Western Ambulance Service also said: “We have dispatched two dual-crew land ambulances, a dispatcher, a rapid response vehicle, an intensive care vehicle and an air ambulance.

“We took one patient to Great Western Hospital and one patient to Gloucester Royal Hospital, both by land ambulance.”

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