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Man dies in cliff plane crash

The pilot of a light aircraft has died after it crashed into a cliff near RAF Portreath in North Cornwall. The plane had earlier taken off from Perranporth Flying Club before the crash, which happened just after 4pm. No-one else was on board.

The aircraft caught fire after striking the cliff edge near a potato field. Police and fire crews are at the scene. It's believed the male pilot came from St Austell.

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


Conference organisers criticise protesters

Organisers of a conference on unmanned aircraft have criticised protesters who claimed they were condoning the aerial bombardment of civilians. There were angry scenes in Bristol city centre earlier this month when activists picketted the annual Unmanned Systems Conference.

A spokesman said that the event had focussed on the non-military use of so-called drones. He said delegates had been subjected to aggressive and threatening behaviour.