Two seriously injured in hospital after plane crashes in field

TWO men have been rushed to hospital after a plane plunged into a field this afternoon.

The aircraft plummeted from the sky into the grass on Rindle Road, in Tydesley, Wigan at around 1pm.

Police have confirmed that two men, aged in their 50s and 70s, have been taken to hospital with serious injuries.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: "Just before 1.30pm this afternoon, five fire engines from Farnworth, Leigh, Irlam and Atherton, along with a Technical Response Unit from Leigh were called to reports of an aircraft crash on Rindle Road, Tyldesley.

"Crews quickly arrived at the scene and worked to make the area safe.

"Firefighters using trauma equipment and a long board worked with colleagues from Northwest Ambulance Service to treat two people at the scene, before they were taken to the hospital.

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"Firefighters are still in attendance and have been at the scene for around one hour."

Emergency services are understood to still be on the scene, with no one else on board the Tecnam P92 Echo plane.

A spokesman for GMP said: “We've been responding to an incident in Tyldesley after reports shortly after 1.10pm of a light aircraft crashing in a field just off Rindle Road.

“Both occupants have been taken to hospital with serious injuries. There's no wider disruption to the public.”

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Police added that their injuries “are not believed to be life-threatening at this time”.

A large cordon is in place to preserve the scene ahead of an investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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