The pilot who crash landed a Spitfire at Biggin Hill Airport after it suffered engine trouble has been praised for his "textbook" emergency skills. Dan Griffith received shoulder and arm injuries when the Second World War fighter plane got in to difficulty soon after the 12.36pm take-off.
London Biggin Hill Airport said the pilot had reported a rough-running engine. A statement from Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar Ltd, supporters club, said:
Will Curtis, managing director of the airport company, said:
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said:
Scotland Yard said that no-one else was on board when the single seater plane crash landed.
The Spitfire, which took part in the Battle of Britain 75 years ago, will be repaired and eventually returned to service. The airport is home base for the Heritage Hangar where a number of Hurricanes and Spitfires are restored and maintained. An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said: "AAIB is aware and will be investigating."
Vets treating three puppies abandoned in a cardboard box in Kent say it is one of the worst neglect cases they have ever seen. The dogs were left outside the Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre in Biggin Hill with sores and high temperatures. It's believed they were left after they couldn't be sold by a dog breeder.
They were rushed to a vets for urgent treatment, suffering from mange, sores, worms and high temperatures.
As well the puppies, a cockerel, two rabbits and an unneutured cat were left at Foal Farm
The public are being urged to donate towards the huge cost towards getting these puppies back to health.
Around fifteen thousand people have attended the Festival of Flight at Biggin Hill in Kent this weekend. A variety of iconic aircraft took to the skies, performing daredevil stunts and flypasts much to the delight of the crowds.
Actor and aviator Martin Shaw has spoken exclusively to ITV Meridian about his part in a musical tribute to the heroes of the Battle of Britain at Biggin Hill in Kent.
This was the most famous fighter base of World War Two and on Saturday thousands braved the rain to attend a concert staged at the current airport site saluting the wartime heroes of the RAF.
It featured music from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Alongside them were singers, actors and big screens showing archive footage.
The ‘Musical Salute to the Few’ marked the first time an open air concert was held at the historic site.
The concert was narrated by Mr Shaw, star of numerous TV dramas and a keen aviator who enjoys flying vintage aircraft. He spoke to us about the concert, Biggin Hill and his passion for old planes.
He also mingled with veterans from the RAF and the Air Transport Auxiliary as crowds watched a flypast of RAF and Luftwaffe aircraft.
The airfield houses the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, one of the country's leading collections of historic Spitfire and Hurricanes.
A 95 year pilot from Southampton has been re-united with the spitfire he flew in World War 2. Czech airman Tony Liskutin served with the Royal Airforce in the 1940s. He was a guest at Biggin Hill airport in Kent where veterans gathered for a special event. Tom Savvides reports.
95 year old Tony Liskutin has been reunited with the spitfire he flew in the Battle of Britain.
Mr Liskutin, the most decorated Czech' pilot in World War Two, is guest of honour at the Biggin Hill Hanger vetrans' day today.
Salt Box Hill blocked due to accident between A233 Main Road and Jewels Hill / Oaklands Lane.
The Squires from Witney have good reason to visit the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger. - they have a special connection to one of the aircraft there, a Mark 1 Spitfire. We talk to Chris Squire and his daughter Lisa as well as aviation author Robin Brooks.
A light aircraft which was on a training exercise has made an emergency landing. The Piper PA-28 experienced engine failure close to Biggin Hill Airport in Kent and landed in a field. The pilot put out an emergency call to the airport's Air Traffic control unit. No-one was injured.