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Vintage Royal Navy plane crashes into tree

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image captionEmergency services were called at 16:20 BST to the field in Harston
Two people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries after a vintage military aircraft crashed.
The Sea Fury aircraft departed from Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire and had to make "a forced landing" at Button End in Harston at 16:20 BST.
The spokeswoman for the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, Hannah Llewellyn-Jones, said the aircraft sustained "significant damage and a fuel leak".
Eyewitness Katherine Woodward said the plane's nose was "squashed" in a tree.
Ms Llewellyn-Jones said a fire team with specialist equipment from the museum assisted Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service at the scene.
"The aircraft had to undertake a forced landing. The pilot and passenger are receiving medical attention for minor injuries," she added.
image captionA specialist team from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford attended the crash
In a statement, the East of England Ambulance Service said the pilot and passenger were able to leave the cockpit themselves and "reported back pain".
Both were taken to hospital as a precaution.
The Sea Fury aircraft, built by Hawker, was used primarily by the Royal Navy in the 1940s and 50s, and now regularly takes part in Duxford airshows.
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