Crash pilot owns posh watch company
The pilot of a vintage aircraft that crashed into the grounds of an Elizabethan manor house is the owner of a high-end watch company with a string of celebrity clients.
Bremont Watch Company said its director Giles English did an "incredible job" of getting the aircraft down after it suffered an engine failure.
It also named his passenger as 11-year-old Oliver Nuttall, who sustained serious injuries in the accident near Canons Ashby House, near Northampton, at 11.45am on Monday.
A statement from the company, which makes watches worn by Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Hugh Laurie, said on Tuesday: "We are sorry to say that yesterday morning Giles English and his young passenger, Oliver Nuttall, were involved in a vintage aircraft accident near to their home airfield in Northamptonshire, following an engine failure.
"They were only a mile away from landing and reports are that Giles did an incredible job at putting the aircraft down in some very difficult terrain. Both pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries but thankfully are both on the road to recovery."
Oliver was airlifted to Birmingham Children's Hospital while Mr English was treated for his injuries at the scene of the accident at the National Trust-run Canons Ashby House.
A message on the manor house's Twitter feed said: "Our thoughts are with those affected by the light aircraft crash today in the parkland. Nothing was damaged in the house or gardens."
It also tweeted: "Thankfully no visitors have been affected and the property is undamaged. Our thoughts go out to the injured and their families."
According to the Bremont company website, Mr English founded the company in 2002 with his brother Nick.
Northamptonshire Police said Mr English was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry for treatment following the crash. Neither he nor his young passenger were thought to have life-threatening injuries.