Some scary moments for the pilot of a small aircraft which crashed in Surrey this morning.
Battalion Cheif Andy George with Surrey Fire says crews were called to the crash site, a difficult to access farmer’s field, near the King George Airpark around 11:30 this morning.
He says the male pilot, the craft’s sole occupant, escaped with just a few cuts to his head
“He didn’t seem too bad at all from what I saw. He got into the ambulance and they were checking him out when we were dealing with the plane. So yeah, it seems like it was quite lucky.”
George says the Airpark has since retrieved the crash aircraft, which he described as larger than an ultralight but smaller than an aeroplane, with plans to repair it.
“It landed in blueberry fields, which I think softened the impact. And there was just very minor damage to the landing gear and a little bit underneath the fuselage at the front, from what I could see. There wasn’t any damage to the wings or the rest of the body.”
Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board says it’s still too early to say what brought the craft down, but that the main thing is the pilot is okay.
“We’re happy about that. And we expect to talk to him in due course to find out what happened.”
Yearwood says crashes of this type are fairly rare.
But it’s not the first time it’s happened in the area.
Back in 2015, a man was killed when his ultralight crashed in a field nearby.
Just a month before, another man miraculously survived after his ultralight made a hard landing on Highway 91 in Delta during rush hour.