Co-pilot injured after plane crash causes fire near Enstone Airfield

Emergency services at a chicken farm by Enstone Airfield where a plane crashed into one of the buildings NNL-180627-091856001
Emergency services at a chicken farm by Enstone Airfield where a plane crashed into one of the buildings NNL-180627-091856001

A co-pilot has been taken to hospital after a plane crashed into a farm building near Enstone Airfield and caused a fire this afternoon (Tuesday, June 26).

Emergency services received reports at 2.20pm of a twin engine plane having collided with the building, with police cars, fire engines, land and the air ambulance all being sent.

Two people were on board the aircraft – the co-pilot was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital with minor burns to their arm but the pilot was uninjured.

Nobody on the ground was injured but a number of chickens in the farm building died, police said.

Paul Fowler from Enstone Flying Club, which is based at the airfield, said the private plane crashed shortly after take-off.

“Were not absolutely certain what happened, all we know is that the airplane took, it crashed, the pilots got out with some burns and scratches, but some chickens died,” he said.

“It could have been a disaster but it wasn’t, unless you’re a chicken.”

Mr Fowler said he understood the pilots were visitors and were doing circuit training, and was glad no-one was seriously hurt.

The flying club owner said he did not see the crash but heard ‘a thump’. He added that the fire was big, intense but short as it was quickly under control.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed.