Somerset

Weston Air Festival crash landing parachutist hit spectator

  • 23 June 2014
  • From the section Somerset
The parachutist just before impact
Image caption The parachutist missed the drop zone and crashed into a woman watching the display

An 82-year-old spectator has been flown to hospital after being injured when a parachutist at Weston Air Festival crashed into her during a display.

The parachutist - part of the RAF Falcons team - received minor injuries when he missed the drop zone.

The woman was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with a suspected fractured pelvis, a spokesman for South Western Ambulance Trust said.

Event manager Darren Fairchild said the show continued after the incident.

The RAF Falcons Display Flight, as the team is also known, is based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Image caption The parachutist hit a burger stand and collided with the spectator as he came in to land
Image caption South West Ambulance Service Trust paramedics provided pain relief at the scene
Image caption The 82-year-old casualty and the parachutist were taken to Southmead Hospital

Mr Fairchild said the military and health and safety executive have been notified.

Amateur photographer Nicholas Hayman from Weston was enjoying the event when the accident happened shortly after 13:20 BST.

"I was snapping away and as the last chap on the stack came down he hit the burger van," he told BBC News.

"There was a massive thump and everyone went silent."

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said an air ambulance attended the scene and was assisted by police cadets who cleared a space for it to land.

Both people were taken to hospital.

Neither have life-threatening injuries and the parachutist has since left hospital.

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