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Video: 'Miracle escape' for pair as plane hits two homes

Neighbours spoke of a "miracle escape" yesterday when a light aircraft crashed between two semi-detached houses shortly after take-off and burst into flames.

The two men on board the single-engine plane, one in his late 50s and the other aged 21, were taken to hospital with extensive burns.

The Piper PA38 Tomahawk aircraft left City Airport Manchester at 12.20pm, flying only a short distance before coming down and hitting the two homes in Newlands Avenue in Eccles, Salford.

Extensive structural damage was caused to one of the properties.

No one, apart from the occupants of the aircraft, operated by Ravenair Flying School, was thought to have been injured.

A spokeswoman for the Ambulance Service said: "There were two patients on board. A man in his late 50s had 70pc burns and a man aged 21 had 60pc burns."

Local resident John Kavanagh (56) said his "blood turned cold" as the explosion ripped through the area. "The people that survived this have had a miracle escape," he said.

Irish Independent