Kent

Replica WW1 plane crashes in Kent field after Somme commemorations

Crashed Albatros plane Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption The plane ended up upside down in a field in Bethersden near Ashford

A replica World War One plane crash-landed in a field in Kent hours after taking part in New Zealand's Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations.

The Albatros aircraft suffered engine failure after it had performed a poppy drop in front of Prince Charles and other dignitaries in Longueval, France.

It crashed in a field in Bethersden, near Ashford, at about 14:20 BST and ended up upside down.

Kent Police said nobody was hurt in the crash.

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Image caption The plane had been taking part in a poppy drop at the event
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Image caption Prince Charles is Field Marshal of the New Zealand Army

David Kember, duty controller at Headcorn Aerodrome in Kent, said the pilot had "tried to land in a field but caught a fence".

He said the smash had caused "substantial damage to the plane's wings".

Kent Police said the crash had been "passed to the Air Accident Investigation Board".

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Image caption The event was part of New Zealand's Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations
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Image caption The Albatros was one of two replica planes taking part in the event
Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption The wing of the plane was damaged but the pilot was unhurt

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