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Filton Airfield to close at the end of the year

The historic airfield was the birthplace of concorde. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The owner of Filton Airfield, BAE Systems has announced that the airfield will close on December 31st 2012. The company says it has informed all those who use the airfield of the decision.

Following the announcement, Andrew Cheesman, Director of BAE Systems said:

"This decision has been taken following a long review of the airfield’s commercial and economic viability. We regret the impact that this will have on our 19 employees and we will work with them to explore employment opportunities."

You can read the full statement on the Bristol Filton Airport website.


Plane crash pilot in stable condition

The aircraft crash-landed at Cotswold Airport yesterday. Credit: John Hatton

Wiltshire Police has confirmed that the pilot of a light aircraft which crashed at Cotswold Airport yesterday afternoon is in a stable condition in hospital.

The 47 year old Belgium pilot suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital near Bristol by the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

He underwent surgery in the early hours of today and will have further surgery later.

The crash is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.

Eye-witness describes how aircraft crash landed

An eye-witness has spoken how he saw an aircraft crash at a Gloucestershire airfield. Emergency services were called to Kemble Airfield just after 3pm this afternoon.

The pilot of this twin engine American light aircraft had a lucky escape this afternoon at Kemble airfield, Gloucestershire, when he skimmed the ground whilst practising display manoeuvres. The plane was burnt out, but the unindentified pilot was said not to be badly hurt after the fire was extuinguished by appliances stationed at the airfield.

– Eye-witness

BREAKING: Aircraft crash lands in Gloucestershire

A man has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after a light aircraft crash landed at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire. Great Western Air Ambulance were called to the scene at around 3pm.

A light aircraft did appear to have crash-landed, and had suffered subsequent fire damage. The male pilot, aged 48, was still conscious at the time of the helicopter’s arrival.

GWAAC medical staff anaesthetised the patient ahead of transport to Frenchay Hospital in the Wiltshire Air Ambulance aircraft.

– Great Western Air Ambulance Charity