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Tuesday, 30 June 2009 14:09 Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 20:58
3-Axis Microlight Crashes Into An Eccles Garden!
It is thought they were taking off from City Airport Manchester at Barton when they plummeted into Brookhouse Avenue, Peel Green, just yards from the M60 motorway.
The two onboard, one 19, the other in his early 20s, were taken to Salford Royal Hospital by paramedics after the crash which happened around midday today. Thankfully their injuries are reported not to be life-threatening.
It is believed the plane was in the air for less than a minute as it passed over a number of rooftops before it crashed, not far from Junction 11 of the M60.
The passenger pulled the pilot to safety before they both collapsed on the ground.
One firefighter said: "They were lucky to get out without a scratch. They must only have been in the air for 30 seconds. The plane came to rest on its side and the wings had come off.
"They did well to avoid the house and to get out of the plane."
No-one else was injured but the street was evacuated as a precaution.
The wreckage of the aircraft a Flylight Design CTsw, G-CERA, which is registered to Mainair Microlight School based at City Airport Manchester, could be seen in the garden of the semi-detached house.
The last crash involving a Barton based CTsw very regretably resulted in a fatality and the two occupants today are sure to feel the Gods were looking favourably on them. The latest news from the BBC can be seen here with video footage of the plane being recovered by owner Chris Copple and the fire service from Barton