Plane crashes after overshooting a runway and seriously injuring two people


Two people were seriously injured yesterday after a light aircraft overshot a runway and crashed, the ambulance service said.

Emergency services were called to Cranfield Airport, Beds., just before 1.45pm yesterday after the light aircraft came down.

The two casualties who received “serious injuries” were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for treatment.

East of England Ambulance Service Trust spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “We dispatched two ambulances, two response cars, two air ambulances and the Trust’s hazardous area response team to the scene.

“Two patients have been airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further care.”

Bedfordshire Police said the Civil Aviation Authority would be investigating the incident.

A spokeswoman for Cranfield University said: “At 13:40 a PA38 Tomahawk aircraft with two persons on board crashed within the airport boundary.

“This aircraft belongs to one of our resident operators. The airport emergency plan was initiated immediately and local emergency services attended.

“At this stage both persons have been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. Air Accident Investigation branch are now on site so an investigation is underway.”

Cranfield Airport is used by flight training organisations, small business aircraft and private jets.


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