A MICROLIGHT pilot was hospitalised after he clipped a tree coming into land at a field in Waverton.
The 64-year-old frequent flyer and his 52-year-old wife were coming in to land too high and attempted to bank around when they clipped a tree and plummeted into the field at Guy Lane Farm at about 6.40pm on Wednesday, May 19.
Farmer Ed Walley, who owns the field and helped pull the couple from the wreckage, said: “He was very lucky. They clipped a tree coming in and there was extensive damage to the aircraft.”
Microlights, a light aircraft which commonly have two seats, cost thousands of pounds and reach speeds of about 35 knots, the equivalent of 40mph.
Cheshire police, Cheshire Fire and Rescue and Northwest Ambulance service attended the accident.
“A 64 year old man suffered fractured arms and injuries to his leg, chest face and hands, a 52-year-old woman who was a rear seat passenger received minor injuries,” said a Northwest Ambulance Service spokesperson.
“The pair were pulled out by occupants at the farm and treated at the scene before being taken to the Countess of Chester hospital.”
A Cheshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “There were two passengers, a male pilot and his wife.
“They were coming in too high and went to bank around when they clipped a tree and the accident happened.
“The crashed into a field to the rear of Guy Lane farm.
“Both the pilot and passengers were out of the microlight when we arrived and receiving first aid treatment from paramedics.”
Cheshire police spokeswoman Shelley Williams confirmed that the matter has now been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority.