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Three hurt as microlight crashes at Northumberland air show

Microlight crash at Eshott.
 The crashed microlight

Microlight crash at Eshott. The crashed microlight

Three people were taken to hospital this afternoon, after a microlight crashed at a Northumberland airshow.

The aircraft was on its final approach to Eshott Airfield, near Felton, where the Great North Fly-In was being staged, when it is believed to have been caught up in turbulence from a helicopter which had just landed.

The pilot made efforts to keep the microlight under control, but struck a light aircraft which was parked on the grass beside the runway before coming to rest.

The crash happened in front of hundreds of aviation fans and pilots who had descended on the former Second World War base - now a privately-owned airfield – for a weekend of activities.

Gazette reporter Robert Brooks was at the event, but didn’t witness the crash directly.

Both the microlight pilot and passenger were treated by paramedics at the scene until an ambulance arrived. Two fire engines were also present and the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter was scrambled.

A third person was reported to have been injured in the crash, but no details have yet emerged as to how they were hurt.

One casualty was airlifted to the RVI hospital in Newcastle, while the two others were taken by road.

Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Despite the accident, the event went on uninterrupted and is due to continue tomorrow (Sunday).

 

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