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Manx inventor John Taylor breaks arm in emergency landing in Surrey field

Crashed plane in field Image copyright Surrey Fire & Rescue
Image caption John Taylor was forced to make an emergency landing after hearing a "loud noise" in his aircraft

An inventor suffered a broken arm after being forced to make an emergency landing in a field in his aeroplane.

Manxman John Taylor, whose most famous creation is the bimetal thermostat control inside electric kettles, was forced to touch down in Surrey.

He had been travelling from Ronaldsway airport in the Isle of Man to Fairoaks airport near Chobham, Surrey.

A spokesman for Dr Taylor said the "experienced pilot" made the emergency landing after "hearing a loud noise".

Dr Taylor and his co-pilot - who "suffered a minor abrasion" - were treated at nearby St Peter's hospital.

"The cause of the accident will be examined by the Air Accident Investigations Branch," continued Dr Taylor's spokesman.

Dr Taylor last year received the Harrison Medal by the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers for his "time-eating clock" designs.

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