Pair escape injury after microlight crashes on airfield

Peter Higgins, owner of Wingland Airfield, Gedney Dyke, where a microlight aircraft crashed on Saturday. Photo:  SG090113-117TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Peter Higgins, owner of Wingland Airfield, Gedney Dyke, where a microlight aircraft crashed on Saturday. Photo: SG090113-117TW. www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto

Two men in the mid-30s were hurt in a microlight crash at an airfield in Gedney Dyke over the weekend.

A Quik 9125 P & M Aircraft developed rotor problems as it was coming into to land at Wingland Airfield on Saturday just before 1.30pm when it ran off the runway and crashed.

The microlight pilot and passenger, both from Essex, were treated at the scene by paramedics and the passenger was later taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, with whiplash-type injuries.

Peter Higgins, owner of Wingland Airfield, said: “The microlight was having some rotor problems while landing at the airfield which caused the pilot to come in a little bit quicker than he normally would have.

“The result of that was the microlight went off the edge of the runway and crashed,

“Both men were checked on by the medics but the pilot was perfectly okay and the passenger was taken to hospital as a precaution.”

The accident is now a matter for the UK Air Accidents Investigations Branch but Mr Higgins said microlights were designed to withstand most types of accidents.

He said: “Microlights are robust and extreme safe, so it was unfortunate that the pilot misjudged the landing speed.

“The only things that were really hurt were his pocket and pride.”