PHOTOS: 'Microlight' aircraft crashes in a field in Brindle

A 'microlight' aircraft has crashed in a field in Brindle, Lancashire firefighters confirmed.

Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 1:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 28th August 2019, 2:17 pm
The pilot, a man in his 60s, was rushed to hospital. (Credit: Steve Williams)

A man in his 60s was rushed to Preston Royal Hospital last night, after the plane he was flying in hit the ground near Sandy Lane in Brindle at around 8:50pm.

Two fire crews from Bamber Bridge gave the man first aid before he was handed over to the North West Ambulance Service.

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The pilot, a man in his 60s, was rushed to hospital. (Credit: Steve Williams)

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Homes in the area had blackouts after the microlight aircraft took out power lines as it crashed.

Steve Williams, a local historian from Brindle, was at the scene last night.

"He has been very very lucky," said the 67 year old, "he could easily have been electrocuted.

The microlight his power cables as it crashed. (Credit: Steve Williams)

"Thankfully the emergency services acted quickly and made everything safe".

"When I got there there was already a cherry picker in the field to fix the telegraph pole".

What is a "microlight"?

- There are three main types of microlight: fixed wing, flex wing, and powered parachutes.

No one else was injured in the incident. (Credit: Steve Williams)

- They are designed to seat only one or two people.

- While some weight as little as 300kg, to qualify as a microlight, they must be less than 472.5kg.

A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “The AAIB will be conducting an investigation by correspondence”.