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Nigel Farage in UKIP plane crash

Peter Henley | 09:24 UK time, Thursday, 6 May 2010

planeThe South East of England MEP and former leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage has been injured in a plane crash this morning.

He was in the front seat of a light aircraft which was taking off around 8 o'clock from Hinton-in-the-Hedges airfield near Brackley in Northamptonshire.

Eyewitnesses say the plane had a voting day promotional banner attached. As the plane banked the banner was tangled on the tail fin.

The dark blue light plane crashed upside down in a nearby field.

The pilot and Nigel Farage have been taken from the aircraft to an ambulance. Police say their injuries are not thought to be serious.

Nigel FarageThe pilot was airlifted to the University Hospital in Coventry while the passenger - thought to be Mr Farage - was taken to the Horton Hospital in Banbury.

A spokeswoman for UKIP has confirmed that Mr Farage was injured but said "He's going to be fine." The former party leader is standing in the Buckingham Constituency at the UK General Election.

Earlier in the campaign Nigel was telling me how much he was enjoying being part of British domestic politics.

Let's hope he and the pilot are OK.

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