Light aircraft overshoots runway and goes through two hedges

Light aircraft overshoots runway and goes through two hedges

Two elderly men have escaped injury despite the light aircraft they were in overshooting a runway and going through two hedges and over a road.

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Two elderly men have escaped injury despite the light aircraft they were in overshooting a runway and going through two hedges and over a road.

The incident happened at Halfpenny Green Airport at Bobbington in South Staffordshire at about 11.40am this morning (Thursday).

Airport firefighters were on scene almost immediately. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The aircraft had overshot runway 16, gone through a hedge, over Water Lane and through another hedge coming to rest in a field. The port/left side wing had been ripped off in the accident.

“Thankfully, neither of the occupants were seriously hurt and both were able to get out of the aircraft.

“One man had suffered cuts and bruises plus a laceration to his head. After assessment by the doctor, he was taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution.

“The other man had a minor facial injury and chose not to go to hospital.

“Considering what had happened to the aircraft, both man had got away remarkably unscathed.”