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Spitfire badly damaged after making an emergency landing

An image of the MK912 aircraft. Photo: Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

A spitfire flying in Biggin Hill was forced to make an emergency landing today, after a sudden loss of power.

The aircraft is owned by Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, a commercial company based at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent.

The company said on their Facebook page that the pilot made a "textbook" landing, but pictures from the scene would imply otherwise.

Spitfire MK912 this afternoon suffered a loss of power after takeoff and forced landed back on the airfield.

The aircraft is badly damaged but Pilot Dan Griffith carried out a text book forced landing and is OK.

– Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar

Pictures of the aircraft posted on social media show one of the wings tilted to almost 90 degrees in the air, whilst the aircraft appears to have landed in bushes, perilously close to an metal fence.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said the pilot suffered shoulder and arm injuries.

We treated one patient - a man in his 50s for shoulder and arm injuries. He was taken to King's College Hospital.

– London Ambulance

His condition is not thought to be life threatening or changing.

Scotland Yard said that no-one else was on board when the single seater plane crash landed. The Air Accident Investigations Branch has been informed.

The company were approached for a comment by ITV News London, but said they had no comment to make at this time.