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Investigation into crash landing at Southend airport

An investigation is being carried out after a light aircraft had a crash landing on the runway at Southend airport. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

An investigation has started after a light aircraft had a crash landing on the runway at Southend airport. Five people escaped unhurt.

The East of England Ambulance Service was called to Southend Airport at 1.05pm on Friday. Two ambulances, an area manager and the trust's hazardous area response team were dispatched.

Ambulance spokesman Gary Sanderson said: "The initial 999 call we received stated a plane had crashed on the runway. Two adults and three children were assessed by ambulance staff and all five were uninjured and did not require hospital treatment."

A spokesman for Essex fire service said the light aircraft crashed on the runway.

"Two adults and three children were travelling in the aircraft. They were shaken and not hurt but checked over by ambulance teams."

– Martyn Hodder, Essex County Fire & Rescue Service

The casualties were not trapped and the airport's fire service had dealt with the incident by the time crews arrived.