Plane crash lands into the sea at busy air festival


A plane has crash-landed into the water at a busy air festival after reports of an engine failure.

The ‘wing walking’ plane – where somebody is strapped onto the top of a plane with a safety harness and cable – has reportedly crashed in nearby Poole Harbour in Bournemouth and sunk.

It is understood authorities are now attempting to find the black box of the aircraft, DorsetLive reports.

Emergency crews at the scene

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The plane was performing as part of day three of the Bournemouth Air Festival.

Emergency services said two people have been rescued from the sea.

Emily McGregor, an eyewitness, said: “It sank very quickly but initial reports suggest that two people on-board managed to get out.”

Members of the public have now been warned to stay away from the site of the crash while emergency services investigate the incident.

A HM Coastguard spokesperson said: “Two people have been rescued from the sea after a light plane came down in Poole Harbour, Dorset.

“The biplane crashed just before 4pm today. Two lifeboats from RNLI Poole were tasked along with Poole, St Albans and Swanage coastguard rescue teams were all sent along with the HM Coastguard helicopter from Lee on Solent.
South Western Ambulance Service is also involved.

“Two people have been rescued from the water and handed into the care of the ambulance service, although it is believed they are uninjured.”

Police said: “We received a report at 3.50pm on Saturday 4 September 2021 that a small aircraft had crashed into the water in the Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour. Emergency services are at the scene.

“The aircraft was part of the Bournemouth Air Festival flight schedule with two people reported to be onboard. Both occupants have been rescued and are reported to have sustained minor injuries. They are receiving treatment by the ambulance service.

“An investigation is underway and we would please ask members of the public to avoid the area and harbour to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. A police cordon is currently in place.

“The Bournemouth Air Festival flying schedule has been suspended for today.”

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