Two hurt as plane crashes near Axminster

PUBLISHED: 16:33 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 21 August 2018

Police at the solar panel farm close to the scene of the aircraft crash. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Police at the solar panel farm close to the scene of the aircraft crash. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Pilot suffers serious head injuries and is flown to hospital by air ambulance

Two people were injured – one of them seriously – when a light aircraft crashed in fields near Axminster this afternoon (Tuesday, August 21).

It is understood the plane burst into flames after came down near a solar panel farm close to Blackpool Corner off the B3165 at Raymond’s Hill.

The pilot is said to have suffered serious head injuries and was flown to hospital by air ambulance. His passenger, thought not to have been so badly hurt, was taken to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester hospital by land ambulance.

Both men were clear of the aircraft when firefighters arrived at around 1.30pm

This afternoon Dorset Police have told The Herald: “The male pilot sustained potentially life-changing injuries”.

They say he is being treated at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Officers added: “We are liaising with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.”

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