The plane ploughed into the field after losing control
By David Elliott, Corey Bedford and Matthew Lodge
Firefighters from Lincolnshire have rushed to help after a plane crash.
A crew from Louth Fire Station were called to a field in North Coates after a light aircraft ploughed into the ground yesterday evening, Tuesday, June 23.
Witnesses saw the single-engine Piper Cherokee circling in the skies above before it descended towards the ground, Grimsby Live reports.
Upon reaching the ground, the aircraft’s nose and its front undercarriage buckled before coming to a stop in a field.
Crews from three fire stations, including Louth, responded to the incident, which saw four people escape with minor injuries, although the pilot was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Firefighters worked quickly to seal a fuel leak which had developed amid the crash.
In a tweet, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue wrote: “18:08 – North Somercotes, @LouthFire and a Grimsby appliance attended a light aircraft crash at North Coates.
“All persons out on arrival. The crews used dammit paste to seal a fuel leak in the wingtip tank of the aircraft.”
One witness described seeing multiple fire engines at the scene, as well as an ambulance and “four or five” police cars in the aftermath.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is expected to lead an investigation into the accident, which happened at the former RAF airfield at North Coates, now home to North Coates flying club.
The aircraft was flying from Full Sutton aerodrome in East Yorkshire and had flown down the east coast before approaching North Coates.
Steve Charters, chairman of the North Coates Flying Club, said: “The aircraft is a visiting aircraft from Full Sutton.
“They attempted a landing earlier this evening and ended up going wrong.
“The three passengers walked away with minor injuries and the pilot was taken to hospital to be checked over and has since been released.”
“The AAIB will now be investigating to find out what happened.”