Passengers led to safety after 1930s bi-plane CRASHES into ground at Duxford Air Show

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Emergency services and a crane dealt with an aircraft that witnesses say crash landed at Duxford Airshow today


Passengers are led to safety after 1930s de Havilland Dragon Rapide bi-plane CRASHES at Duxford Air Show after ‘strong gust of wind’

  • A 1930s aircraft  was damaged on a Cambridgeshire runway at IWM Duxford’s Summer Air Show this morning
  • The aircraft was said to have had eight passengers and a pilot onboard, but no one was reported injured
  • Emergency services gathered around the de Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft and a crane cleared the scene

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Passengers were led to safety after a 1930s aircraft was damaged and left tilted in the air in a ‘minor incident’ at an airshow this morning 

The WW2-era biplane, said to be carrying eight passengers and a pilot, was pictured almost vertical moments after the front-end of the plane crashed into the ground.

One witness said they thought the plane – a de Havilland Dragon Rapide – ‘nose-dived or the front wheel failed on landing.’

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Firefighters were seen next to the plane after the incident, which happened during a summer airshow at Duxford Imperial War Museum near Cambridge.

IWM Duxford said the aircraft did not nose dive into the ground but tilted forward upon landing and emphasised that no one was injured.

Paul Hodson, who photographed the aftermath of the crash, said there was a ‘strong gust of wind’ when it happened.

Emergency services and a crane dealt with an aircraft that witnesses say crash landed at Duxford Airshow today

Emergency services and a crane dealt with an aircraft that witnesses say crash landed at Duxford Airshow today

The biplane was said to be carrying eight passengers and a pilot at the time of the crash landing (pictured)

The biplane was said to be carrying eight passengers and a pilot at the time of the crash landing (pictured)

The biplane was said to be carrying eight passengers and a pilot at the time of the crash landing (pictured)

The ambulance and fire services attended the scene of the incident (pictured) at IWM Duxford this morning

The ambulance and fire services attended the scene of the incident (pictured) at IWM Duxford this morning

The ambulance and fire services attended the scene of the incident (pictured) at IWM Duxford this morning 

The aircraft involved was a Dragon Rapide (pictured last year dropping 80,000 poppies during a Remembrance Sunday)

The aircraft involved was a Dragon Rapide (pictured last year dropping 80,000 poppies during a Remembrance Sunday)

The aircraft involved was a Dragon Rapide (pictured last year dropping 80,000 poppies during a Remembrance Sunday)

Some damage to the body of the plane, which is mainly constructed out of plywood, was visible after the crash

Some damage to the body of the plane, which is mainly constructed out of plywood, was visible after the crash

Some damage to the body of the plane, which is mainly constructed out of plywood, was visible after the crash

The emergency services were able to get the 1930s plane back on its wheels

The emergency services were able to get the 1930s plane back on its wheels

The emergency services were able to get the 1930s plane back on its wheels

The aircraft involved was a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, first built in 1934 the plane is made out of a mainly plywood construction for short haul flights.

It had a small role during WWII, when it was useful for aerial couriers between Britain and France. Though a military-orientated version was later developed. 

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An eyewitness told CambridgeshireLive: ‘It looks like a plane has landed nose first, the end of it is in the air, two fire engines, presumably from the air field and a crane.’

A variety of classic aircrafts  can be seen at the annual Duxford Summer Air Show in Duxford (pictured: A North American AT-6C prepares to take off)

A variety of classic aircrafts  can be seen at the annual Duxford Summer Air Show in Duxford (pictured: A North American AT-6C prepares to take off)

A variety of classic aircrafts  can be seen at the annual Duxford Summer Air Show in Duxford (pictured: A North American AT-6C prepares to take off)

The Spirit of Britain living history group dressed as American Second World War aircrew with TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary' at the airshow

The Spirit of Britain living history group dressed as American Second World War aircrew with TF-51D Mustang 'Contrary Mary' at the airshow

The Spirit of Britain living history group dressed as American Second World War aircrew with TF-51D Mustang ‘Contrary Mary’ at the airshow

Other 1930s de Havilland aircraft have made an appearance at the airshow, like the Tiger Moth (pictured preparing to take off)

Other 1930s de Havilland aircraft have made an appearance at the airshow, like the Tiger Moth (pictured preparing to take off)

Other 1930s de Havilland aircraft have made an appearance at the airshow, like the Tiger Moth (pictured preparing to take off)

When IWM Duxford were contacted for a comment, they said it was only minor and everyone is safe. 

A spokesperson for IWM Duxford said: ‘This morning, there was a minor incident with an aircraft at IWM Duxford. No one involved was injured, the incident has been fully dealt with and the flying programme for today’s event will run as planned.’

The specific details of the incident, including how and why it happened, have not been revealed.

The Duxford Air Show – which included a number of aircraft and Battle of Britain exhibitions has been taking place this weekend and will last until 6pm tonight.

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