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Old Warden vintage plane crashes during display practice

A vintage aircraft has crashed during a practice in the run-up to a display in a Bedfordshire village.

Emergency services were called to a crop field near Old Warden airfield on Sunday morning after the aircraft came down.

The male pilot, 44, walked away from the crash with only slight injuries.

The Bucker Jungmann plane, designed in the 1930s, is part of the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircrafts based at Old Warden.

'Too early'

Bedfordshire Police said: "The aircraft is a vintage plane taking part in an air display hosted from the Old Warden Collection."

The Military Pageant Air Show officially starts at 1400 BST and includes a large number of vintage aircraft, including a World War II Lancaster bomber.

Una Watts, Shuttleworth Trust general manager, said the trust would be investigating the cause of the crash after the plane was recovered from the field.

She said it was too early to say what repairs were needed on the plane.

The police force said any investigation, if there was to be one, would not be carried out by police but by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

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