Monday 20 November 2017

Pilot (76) escapes as plane parachutes into garden

Rod Minchin

Stunned eyewitnesses have spoken of their shock at seeing a light aircraft crash into a small back garden.

The Cirrus single-engine plane came to rest on conifer trees in Karen Dean's back garden in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, after deploying a parachute.

Miraculously, the pilot, a 76-year-old man from London, suffered only minor injuries. Witnesse Jeannie Bowers (46) said: "I looked up and there was a big pop and banging sound and then a whoosh of air.

"A parachute went up and the plane slowly came down towards the ground gently turning and hanging from this parachute just towards me. It just gently came down and landed on the conifers in Karen's garden."

Ms Dean (50) spoke of the moment the plane crashed. "All I heard was a big bang. I was in the house at the time and I managed to get downstairs.

"I feel very lucky that it didn't go through my house. I was in the house at the time but I didn't see anything, I just heard a whirring sound, she said.

Irish Independent

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