Man suffers life-threatening injuries as aircraft crashes just after take off

A man has been taken to hospital to treat “potentially life threatening injuries” after he and a woman were involved in a plane crash in east London.

Forty firefighters arrived at Damyns Hall Aerodrome near Upminster in six fire engines at around midday today (April 4) to attend the crash of a light aircraft shortly after it took off. The Met Police were also called to the scene.

Neither the man or woman have yet been named by any emergency service.

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While emergency serviced initially found that neither the man or woman had suffered life-threatening injuries, this later changed for the man, according to the Met.

MPS Havering said in a Tweet: "We, @LondonFire and @Ldn_Ambulance attended. A man & a woman were found. Despite initial reports of no serious injuries, the man has been taken to hospital with potentially life-changing or life threatening injuries."

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Police were called at 12.12hrs today to reports of a light aircraft that crashed shortly after take-off, in the area of Aveley Road, Upminster.

"We and LAS are in attendance. A man & a woman were located."

The 122 acre former WW1 airbase is now used for civilian purposes, and is often called London's "most accessible airfield" because of how close it is to Upminster's underground station, which sits on both the District line and London Overground.

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The airfield used to host We Are FSTVL, an award-winning electronic music festival that saw thousands of festival goers flood to the airfield every May.

Damyns Hall Aerodrome has also been the site of several charity “Wing Walks”, where participants strap themselves to the wings of a light aircraft instead of being seated with a pilot.

Last August, S Club 7’s Jo O’Meara was spotted performing a Wing Walk to raise money for dog charity K9 Angels in Essex.


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