Two men taken to hospital after aircraft crashes near River Bann

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The scene at Causeway Airfield near Agivey this afternoon where a light aircraft crashed on the runway. NIFRS, Air Ambulance and NIAS Ambulance crews attended the scene of the incident. Two men, one in his thirties and one in his sixties, were rescued from the wreckage . Pic Matt Steele/McAuley Multimedia.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a light aircraft crashed at Causeway Airfield at Agivey near Ballymoney.

Emergency services were called on Saturday afternoon after the aircraft crashed on the runway which is close to the River Bann.

The men inside, one in his 30s and the other in his 60s, were taken to hospital by ambulance.

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The scene at Causeway Airfield near Agivey this afternoon. Pic Matt Steele/McAuley Multimedia.

It was understood their injuries were not life-threatening.

Mark Holmes, chief flying instructor at Causeway Airfield, told Belfast Live on Saturday: “An aircraft, microlight, stalled and crashed on the runway. We called the emergency services just to ensure if there were any complications they would be taken care of.

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The scene at Causeway Airfield near Agivey this afternoon. Pic Matt Steele/McAuley Multimedia.

“The emergency services did a stellar job in attending and even the air ambulance attended, however, due to another call they left and the men were taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police confirmed they were at the scene.

Chief Inspector Stephen Humphries said: “Police along with other emergency services attended the scene of a light aircraft crash at an airfield.”

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Causeway Airfield is close to the River Bann. Picture: Google.

A spokesman for the ambulance service confirmed they had also attended and had taken the patients to the emergency department of the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

The fire service said their crews got a call at 2.45pm and assisted in getting the pilot out of the aircraft using cutting equipment.

Update: On Sunday the NewsLetter reported that a spokesman for the Ulster Seaplane Association Ltd, which runs the airfield, said the two men were recovering and “will be back flying again.”

“Both guys are club members and both are qualified pilots,” he said.

“They have some fractures, but it is fortunate that their injuries aren’t life-threatening. Both of them are in good spirits.”

The club spokesman said it was too early to say what caused the microlight to crash, but stressed that a full investigation would be carried out in conjunction with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

“We are aware of the incident and are investigating,” an AAIB spokesperson said.

 

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