Surrey

Light aircraft crash in Surrey woodland traps man

Crash site Image copyright Ollie Shorthose
Image caption Witnesses heard a rush of air before the plane went into woodland

A light aircraft crashed in woodland in Surrey, leaving a man in his 80s trapped in the wreckage.

The plane came down in Churt, near Farnham, on Saturday night, in a wooded area known as Furze Hill, police said.

The trapped man, who was cut free from the wreckage, was taken to Frimley Park Hospital with serious injuries.

The aircraft was removed from the scene near Frensham Pond on Sunday. The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed.

Witness Ollie Shorthose, 18, saw the plane go into the trees before it crashed near his family's house, at about 20:00 BST.

He said: "I heard a rush of air, that's why I looked out of the window.

"Then there was a splintering, not like an explosion but more a splintering."

He and his family went out to see if they could help but police were on hand quickly, he added.

He said it sounded as if the pilot was conscious as emergency teams went to his aid.

Image copyright Ollie Shorthose
Image caption Residents went to help the man but emergency teams arrived quickly
Image copyright Ollie Shorthose
Image caption The wreckage was removed from the site on Sunday

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