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Pilot rescued after crash landing in Fife

Glenrothes airfield
Image caption The plane came down shortly after take-off from Glenrothes airfield

A pilot has been airlifted to hospital after rescuers freed him from his two-seater plane when it crash landed in Fife.

The 50-year-old became trapped when the single-engine, fixed wing aircraft came down minutes after taking off from Glenrothes airfield on Saturday.

Police Scotland said he was able to raise the alarm and report he had isolated the fuel supply.

The man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Emergency services had also been alerted by members of the public who reported seeing a small plane flying at low levels over the Thornton area.

Around the same time, air traffic control reported losing contact with the aircraft.

The pilot was the only person on board. Details of the man's condition have not been released and an investigation into the cause of the crash is under way.

Insp Andrew Sneddon, from Police Scotland, said: "The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been contacted and I would like to appeal for anyone who saw the aircraft in the minutes before it came down to get in touch with us."

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