Spitfire crashes at Biggin Hill Airport

Second World War fighter plane badly damaged after crash

Supermarine  Spitfire IX in flight

A Spitfire crashed at Biggin Hill Airport on Saturday after the aircraft suddenly lost power.

The Second World War fighter plane was "badly damaged" but the pilot was described as "ok".

On its Facebook page, Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar wrote: "Spitfire MK912 this afternoon suffered a loss of power after takeoff and forced landed back on the airfield. The aircraft is badly damaged but Pilot Dan Griffith carried out a text book forced landing and is OK."

According to the Daily Telegraph, a London Fire Brigade spokesman said: "A single engine Spitfire came down in a field at airport perimeter. One adult male with minor injuries (was) removed by London Ambulance Service."

ITV News reports that the pilot suffered shoulder and arm injuries.

A London Ambulance spokesperson said: "We treated one patient - a man in his 50s for shoulder and arm injuries. He was taken to King's College Hospital."

There was no-one else on board when the plane crashed and the Air Accident Investigations Branch has been informed.

15 flights from hell

15 flights from hell

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