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COLYTON: Man dies and son injured in microlight crash at Wiscombe

Tuesday, 22 April 2014


POLICE have confirmed that a man has died in a microlight crash near Colyton and his nine year-old son was also injured in the incident. Ambulance services were called to the scene at Wiscombe Grange at 9:46am on Friday morning. The air ambulance and the hazardous area response team were also in attendance. The man’s son was taken to RD&E hospital by ambulance. Police confirmed they were called to Colyton after a crash involving a microlight aircraft. Two people were on board and one person was confirmed as dead at the scene, said the spokesman. Three members of the public who were first on the scene tried to resuscitate the man, who has not been named, but he was declared dead at the scene. The second person on board - believed to be the pilot’s nine-year-old son - was rushed to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The extent of his injuries is not known but are not thought to be life threatening. The Devon & Cornwall Police helicopter was used to fly the boy’s mother to his side. Detective Sergeant Angus Cottey said: “Police were informed at about 10 am on Friday of a possible aircraft crash off Seaton Road, near Colyton in East Devon. “Police units attended and met with ambulance personnel at the scene. A microlight appears to have crashed into a field where one fatality was confirmed. “The injured person was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where they are currently receiving treatment. “The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been informed and are attending the scene to carry out further investigation. “Our primary role is to secure the scene for the AAIB. We have recovered some potential exhibits and the scene has been made safe by the fire service.” Seaton Road was closed for most of the day as police waited for the aircrash investiigators.

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