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Boy, 11, injured in plane crash near Canons Ashby House

The Gipsy Moth plane crashed near Canons Ashby House
Image caption The Gipsy Moth plane crashed near Canons Ashby House, near Daventry

An 11-year-old boy has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after a light aircraft crashed in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house in Northamptonshire.

The youngster was a passenger in the Gipsy Moth plane, which came down near Canons Ashby House, near Daventry, at 11:45 BST.

He was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The pilot was flown to the major trauma centre at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry.

Both he and the 11-year-old boy are believed to have serious but non life-threatening injuries.

A woman who lives near the scene, who declined to be named, said she saw a plane fall from the sky, narrowly missing a lake in the grounds of the manor.

Image caption Canons Ashby House, which is a National Trust-run property, was built by the Dryden family in the 1550s

She added: "It was a biplane, and suddenly the engine cut out. It just spiralled out of the sky.

"It's a good job it didn't come down in the lake."

Canons Ashby House, which is a National Trust property, was built by the Dryden family in the 1550s.

In a short statement, a spokesman from Canons Ashby House, said: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the light aircraft crash today in the parkland. Nothing was damaged in the house or gardens.

"Thankfully no visitors have been affected and the property is undamaged."

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