Aircraft crashes as man and woman taken to hospital near aerodrome

Two people were left injured after an aircraft crashed near Damyns Hall Aerodrome in Upminster, east London, this afternoon. Following initial reports neither of them had suffered serious injuries, Havering Police shared in a statement the man was taken to hospital with “potentially life-changing or life-threatening injuries”. 

The London Ambulance Service was informed of the crash at 12.06pm and dispatched “numerous” resources – including three ambulances, a medical response car, two incident response officers and members of the hazardous area response team. 

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it was called at 12.09pm to a collision involving an aircraft near Aveley Road.

Six fire engines and some 40 firefighters from Hornchurch, Wennington, East Ham, Dagenham and surrounding fire stations attended the incident.

Havering Police officers were called a few minutes later, at approximately 12.12pm, and once at the site of the crash located a man and a woman. 

An air ambulance was also called to the scene, a spokesperson from the aerodrome claimed to the Romford Recorder. 

He said: “We have been informed by the Air Ambulance that an accident has occured just off the Damyns Hall Aerodrome and they are at the scene”.

Both people involved in the crash were taken to hospital “by road and air ambulance crews”, LFB’s station commander Jeremy Davies said. 

The light aircraft crashed shortly after its take-off, Havering Police said in an update provided shortly after 3pm.  

It read: “We were called at 12.12hrs today to reports of a light aircraft that crashed shortly after take-off, in the area of Aveley Road Upminster.

“We, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance attended.

“A man and a woman were found. Despite initial reports of no serious injuries, the man has been taken to hospital with potentially life-changing or life threatening injuries.”

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