Lucky escape as plane crash lands in Perranporth, Cornwall

June 22, 2010 | by | 0 Comments

This is the moment a pilot had a miracle escape after his light aircraft suffered engine problems – and plummeted into a field.

The four seater plane had been soaring over 300ft cliffs when local residents heard several ”shotgun-like” bangs.

Its pilot attempted to land in a nearby airfield but came down 500m short of the runway and crashed into a field.

He skidded along the grass before it collided with a fence and bush – smashing the front of the plane.

Luckily the man escaped unhurt following the crash at Perranporth in Cornwall on Friday.

Will Stephens, who owns the farm, said: ”We heard a loud banging noise and came outside to investigate.

”We saw the plane coming down, and the pilot was obviously aiming for the runway but was a good few metres short.

”He crash landed in one of my fields before skidding through a hedge and into a wire fence.

”He hit the fence with such force the whole plane spun round 180 degrees and came to rest with it’s nose under the fence and its wing over a hedge.

”Luckily the pilot was not hurt and walked away from the wreckage.”

The plane – a Rallye Minerva – is expected to be written off.

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