Plane crashes near air base and comes ‘within metres’ of workers building homes

A plane has crashed near an air base after reportedly coming within metres of workers building new houses.

The Hawker Sea Fury aircraft was forced to undertake an emergency landing in Limington, near Yeovil, with two people on board suffering minor injuries, police said.

Pictures from the scene show the propeller separated from the wreckage of the rest of the plane in a field near the village’s Church Street.

The crash site is within a mile of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, on Heathcote Road. It is not yet known if the plane is connected to the air base.

A local reporter at the scene, said: “I’m told the plane came within metres of new homes being built next to the Lamb and Lark pub before it crashed.

“Roofers working on the homes say it flew about a metre from their heads.”

A Navy Wings spokesman said the aircraft was being flown from RNAS Yeovilton.

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All three emergency services have been called to the scene.

An Avon and Somerset police spokesman said: “We were called at 2.16pm today following a report of a Hawker Sea Fury aircraft carrying out an emergency landing in a field in Limington.

“Officers attended the scene, along with other emergency services. Two people on-board the plane suffered minor injuries. The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) have been notified.”

South Western Ambulance Service added: “We treated two male patients at the scene and transported them to hospital by land ambulance. Their condition wasn’t thought to be too serious.”

North Weald Heritage Aviation said the “forced landing” came after “an engine issue” just outside the boundaries of the base.

They said the crewmen were taken to hospital as a precaution.

“We will of course co-operate fully with the relevant authorities if required, to ensure the causes of the accident are correctly investigated,” it added.

The craft is understood to be the same historic naval fighter which crashed off a runway in front of thousands of spectators at a Cornish air show in 2014.

The Sea Fury T20, the Royal Navy’s last flying piston-engined fighter, was severely damaged at Air Day at RNAS Culdrose near Helston seven years ago.

It was repaired and flying again by 2017, but today saw another unfortunate crash for the aircraft, which has split in two.