Plane crashes near air base after coming ‘within metres’ of builders

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A plane has crashed near an air base in Yeovil after reportedly coming within metres of workers building new houses.

At least two police vehicles, two ambulances and two fire engines were called to Limington, near Yeovil, Somerset, with the emergency services reporting two people on-board the jet suffered "minor injuries".

The Hawker Sea fury aircraft was forced to undertake an emergency landing according to police.

Pictures from the scene show the propeller separated from the wreckage of the rest of the plane in a field.

The crash site is within a mile of Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton. It is not yet known if the plane is connected to the air base, Somerset Live reports.

Local reporter Tomas Malloy, who is at the scene, said: "I'm told the plane came within metres of new homes being built next to the Lamb and Lark pub before it crashed.

"Roofers working on the homes say it flew about a metre from their heads."

The crash appears to have happened just 20 metres from a barn.

The Navy Wings charity, which flies historic aircraft, posted on its Facebook page: "Navy Wings' Sea Fury T.20 made a precautionary forced landing in a field next to RNAS Yeovilton following a problem with the engine on a routine training flight this afternoon.

"Both pilots are safe and well and have been taken to Yeovil district Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

"The cause is under investigation and both the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and Air Accident Investigation Branch have been informed."

It is understood that the same historic naval fighter jet crashed off a runway in front of thousands of spectators at an air show in Cornwall in 2014.

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It was severely damaged at Air Day at RNAS Culdrose near Helston seven years ago. It was repaired and flying again by 2017 but has now split in two.

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called at 2.18pm about an incident in Limington, Yeovil.

"The caller reported to us that a plane had crashed in a field. We sent a senior paramedic and two land ambulance crews to the scene.

"We treated two male patients at the scene and transported them to hospital by land ambulance.

"Their condition wasn't thought to be too serious."

An officer at the scene said around 400 yards of Church Street was cordoned off.

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