Plane Crashes Into Sea At Herne Bay

Dozens of spectators at the Herne Bay Air Show helped rescue a pilot from the sea after his plane crash landed.

Eye witnesses have described seeing the air craft fly very low over the surface of the water before it flipped over, leaving the pilot upside down and completely submerged in water.

Quick thinking members of the public dragged the man to safety before also rescuing the plane.

Sylvia Davies, from Herne Bay, saw the drama unfold:

Carol Tew, Herne Bay, also saw what happened and has been speaking to Heart:

It was just after 3:30pm that Kent Police received a call saying a 1 seater air craft had come near Sea View Road.

Emergency services were called to the scene including the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb), HM Coastguard and The Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

It's not yet known what caused the plane to come down - the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed and will carry out an investigation.

Organisers say there was a problem with the turbulent display team but that the pilot is conscious and only suffered minor injuries.

He's currently being treated by SECAMB and is being transferred to hospital for further checks.

The rest of the air display will continue as planned.


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