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    Health and Safety News

    Pilot unscathed in emergency landing

    By Jonathan Brown on September 12, 2015

    Pilot unscathed in emergency landing

    A pilot has walked away from an emergency landing without serious injury.

    The aircraft, a vintage Spitfire fighter, came down in a field in Kent on September 7 shortly before 10am.

    By the time fire crews and paramedics arrived at the scene in Woodchurch, near Ashford, the pilot had already managed to get out of the plane. He was treated for minor injuries but did not need to be taken to hospital.

    Fuel leak

    A large amount of fuel leaked from the Spitfire, according to Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

    There were no further casualties but firefighters had to remain at the scene to deal with the leak.

    An air ambulance, ambulance and heart unit were also in attendance.

    It is believed the Spitfire was being tested ahead of an appearance at the Goodwood Revival festival. The cause of the crash is not yet known.

    Aeroplane accidents

    While aeroplanes have a good safety record, aeroplane accidents do still happen.

    Driver error, mechanical failure and negligence are some of the most common causes of accidents in the air.

    Air traffic control errors can also cause accidents, potentially resulting in an aircraft landing at the wrong time or in the wrong place.

    An investigation into what caused the emergency landing is expected to be carried out in due course.

    South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed the pilot was not seriously injured in the incident. He was treated at the scene by paramedics but his injuries were only deemed to be minor, so he did not require a trip to hospital.

    The Spitfire’s left wing was torn off during the crash-landing.

    Source: Independent

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    Date Published: September 12, 2015

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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