Pilot aged 76 walks away from crash in Cheltenham back garden after deploying plane's parachute
The man, who has not been named, suffered only minor injuries after aircraft parachutes down in the Warden Hill area
Video: An eyewitness captures the plane parachuting in Cheltenham
A 76-year-old pilot from London has cheated death today after his Cirrus single-engine aircraft crashed into a back garden.
The man, who has not been named, suffered only minor injuries after the aircraft came down in the in the Warden Hill area of Cheltenham.
The pilot deployed a parachute on the plane shortly before the crash.
The owner of the house in Langdale Road was uninjured when the Cirrus crashed, a Gloucestershire Police spokesman said.
"The emergency services were called to a report of a plane coming down in the back garden of a house in Langdale Road in Cheltenham at approximately 10.45am today," the spokesman said.
"The pilot, a 76-year-old man from London, has suffered minor injuries and is currently being treated at the scene by paramedics.
"The homeowner was uninjured. Nearby houses have been evacuated as a precaution while the fire service make the scene safe."
The scene of the accident is just 2.5 miles from Gloucestershire Airport, at Staverton, near Cheltenham.
Police said that during the incident the pilot deployed the plane's parachute.
A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said no houses had to be evacuated following the crash.
The Independent's live blog of today's Premier League action
- 1 Scottish referendum: So how about the English now being given a chance to split from England?
- 2 Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
- 4 Matthew Miller: American sentenced to hard labour in North Korea 'wanted to be Snowden II'
- 5 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
Stamford Hill council removes 'unacceptable' posters telling women which side of the road to walk down
Kim Kardashian 'nude pictures' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence 'The Fappening' scandal
Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery Nurse required for ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: L3 Nursery Nurses urgently required...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: We have a number of schools based S...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: SEN Teaching Assistant required in ...