AN air accidents investigation team has been called after a crash on the runway at Teesside Airport.
It happened just after 9.30am today.
Emergency services were called to the scene this morning following an incident involving a light aircraft.
Rob Cherrie, incident commander for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said the aircraft had taken off before coming down and hitting the ground.
Two crews based at Teesside Airport attended the incident, along with two appliances and a special rescue unit.
Mr Cherrie said: “A light aircraft had taken off with three individuals on board – two passengers and a pilot.
“It has come down and hit the ground.
“We extricated them from the aircraft itself. One patient was taken by air ambulance to hospital. The two others were taken to hospital by road ambulance.
“The air accidents investigation branch will carry out a full investigation.”
Police, ambulance and the Great North Air Ambulance Service responded to the incident this morning.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen was pictured outside the airport this afternoon.
Thoughts and prayers are with the three people onboard at the time of the incident and their families.
At this time I want to thank the incredible response by the airport fire service and the immediate response of local emergency services to the incident. https://t.co/wCrzfO43nK
— Ben Houchen (@BenHouchen) September 25, 2021
Earlier today, a spokesperson for Teesside Airport said: “We can confirm an incident occurred today involving a light aircraft at 09:39.
“A pilot and two passengers were onboard and have been taken to hospital.
“Our runway will remain closed until further notice while a thorough investigation is carried out.
“We would like to thank the emergency services, on site staff for their quick response.”
Eyewitnesses have reported hearing an “almighty bang”.
One person said: “Heard the engine cut out and then heard an almighty bang. Many emergency service and air ambulance on scene. Hope all involved are ok.”
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