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Boy is seriously injured in light aircraft crash

By Richard Vernalls

An 11-year-old boy has been seriously injured after a light aircraft crashed in the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house.

Northamptonshire Police said the youngster was a passenger in the plane which came down near Canons Ashby House, near Northampton, at 11.45am.

He was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital while the pilot was being treated at the scene.

A woman who lives near the scene, who declined to be named, said she saw a plane fall from the sky, narrowly missing a lake in the grounds of the manor.

She said: "It was a biplane, and suddenly the engine cut out. It just spiralled out of the sky.

"It's a good job it didn't come down in the lake."

Ben Nichols (19), who lives at nearby Lodge Farm in the village, saw the plane spiral to the ground with sister Zara (20).

"We saw this two-seater biplane, it was whirling around a bit, it looked like it tried to do a loop and then the engine cut out."

He added: "It spiralled down a bit, regained a bit of control and landed with a thud."

The wreckage of the white and red plane has been loaded on to the back of a lorry to be taken away.

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