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Pensioner pilot seriously injured in plane crash

by Divya Kohli

An elderly pilot narrowly cheated death when his light aircraft crashed in woods near Farnham. It happened on Saturday evening at Furze Hill, near the village of Churt in Surrey. The pilot, who's believed to be in his 80s, was cut free at the scene and taken to Frimley Park Hospital. He's said to be in a serious but stable condition. Air Accident investigators are looking into the incident. Divya Kohli reports.

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Pilot in hospital after light aircraft crash

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The light aircraft came down near Farnham Credit: @SECAmbHart

An elderly pilot was seriously injured when his light aircraft crashed into trees. The victim, who is in his 80s, had to be cut free by firefighters after the air crash.

His injuries are not thought to have been life threatening and he was said to have been conscious and talking to emergency crews.

Eyewitnesses described hearing a rush of air and then a "massive bang" as the aircraft came down in Churt, near Farnham, Surrey.

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The light aircraft came down near Farnham Credit: @SECAmbHart

People heard "massive bang" as light aircraft crashed

An elderly pilot was seriously injured when his light aircraft crashed into trees, police said.

The victim, aged in his 80s, had to be cut free from the twisted metal by firefighters after the air crash.

His injuries were not thought to have been life threatening and he was said to have been conscious and talking to emergency crews.

Eyewitnesses described hearing a rush of air and then a "massive bang" as the aircraft came down in Churt, near Farnham, Surrey.

South Central Ambulance Service sent two ambulances and two cars to the scene yesterday/ on Saturday.

We received a report of a light aircraft coming down near to Farnham at around 8pm last night. Emergency services extricated one person who was trapped within the aircraft. The man, who was in his 80s, was believed to have serious injuries which were not thought to be life threatening. He was taken to Frimley Park Hospital at around 9.30pm.

– Police spokesman

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the Civil Aviation Authority had both been informed of the crash.

Thousands gather to show support for Muslim youth event

An estimated 5,000 Muslims gathered in Surrey this weekend to pledge loyalty to Britain in light of concerns over the popularity of the extremist militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), and the alleged involvement of Britons.

The three-day residential event, organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (Amya), has brought together 5,000 young British Muslim men from England, Scotland and Wales, to foster bonds of brotherhood and affirm their pride in being British and Muslim.

The Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, said: "Britain has provided a home for people from across the world. As Ahmadi Muslims, we give thanks to Queen and country for allowing us to practise our faith freely.

Fun in the sun at Muslim youth festival

The 42nd Ahmadiyyah Muslim Youth Association festival is underway at Farnham in Surrey. Muslim men and boys from the age of 7 up come together for three days of talks, speaking competitions and sport. Those attending also hold a flag hoisting ceremony where they pledge allegiance to Great Britain.

This year, the Caliph of Islam, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, will be in attendance. Hannah Costigan has been to the convention to meet organisers and attendees.

Her report includes interviews with convention chairman Dr Aziz Hafiz, regional youth leader Kamal Aftab and local Imam Mansoor Ahmad Clarke.

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Thousands gather in Surrey for Muslim convention

Thousands of Muslims are meeting in Surrey this weekend for the annual convention of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Youth Association, which promotes peace and tolerance.

The 3-day event includes football and cricket competitions, talks on history and science and a flag-raising ceremony where attendees pledge allegiance to Great Britain.

ITV Meridian spoke to Aziz Hafiz, the Convention Chairman.

"We are always hopeful..., until there is no hope."

by Kerry Swain

The families of the four missing sailors from the South, whose boat is believed to have capsized in the Atlantic Ocean, have said they are full of hope that their loved ones will be found.

Our reporter Kerry Swain, has been speaking to David Bridge, the father of Andrew Bridge. The missing 22 -year-old from Farnham, is the skipper of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht, which began to take on water on its way back home to Hampshire last week Thursday.

Appeal for witnesses after woman attacked in town centre car park in Surrey

Police hunt attacker Credit: itv news

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked and robbed in Farnham in broad daylight. She was returning to her car in the Waitrose car park around 1-20pm on Sunday when she was approached by a man. She was pushed to the ground and robbed of her purse.

Police believe it may be linked to another assault on Saturday night when a man was robbed as he walked through Farnham Park. He was punched in the face and fell to the ground. The suspect then ran off with his rucksack.

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