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Investigation Welcomed Into Swindon Plane Crash

Pilot Breaks Leg In Incident


A travel law expert at Irwin Mitchell has called on investigators to work quickly to discover what caused a plane crash in Swindon in which the pilot was injured.

The BBC reports that the light aircraft, which was leased to a parachute club for a jump and was carrying eight passengers, crashed close to the Redlands airfield at Wanborough, Swindon.

None of the passengers were hurt in the incident, although the pilot was airlifted to hospital with a broken leg. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is now looking to determine the cause.

Irwin Mitchell’s International Travel Litigation group has dealt with a number of injury cases as a result of light aircraft crashes. Keith Barrett of the team said there is a need for answers in relation to this incident.

He explained: “Air crashes can have a significant physical and emotional impact on those involved. While it is somewhat fortunate that injuries were only sustained by the pilot, serious questions need to be asked as to what caused the plane to come down.

“We deal regularly with cases that have emerged in the aftermath of light aircraft incidents, like the Farnborough Air Crash at the end of March 2008 and another crash which took place at the start of this year at Oxford airport.

“Only a few details have so far emerged on what happened in this Wanborough crash, but I’m hopeful that the aviation authorities will be able to work quickly to determine the cause and in turn take steps towards preventing any cases similar to this occurring again.”