Wing plane crashes into sea at Bournemouth Air Festival as all flights are suspended

Shocking footage shows the moment a terrified walker and pilot screamed for help after having to ditch their failing plane in the water during the Bournemouth Air Festival.

All flights have been temporarily grounded in the area following the incident, which saw the light plane crash near the Chain Ferry in Sandbanks, Poole around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of people attending the annual family event, which has now been suspended, watched in stunned silence as the aerodynamic stunt duo crashed into the sea.

Shocked eyewitnesses admitted it was “a miracle” that no one was seriously injured after seeing two AeroSuperBatics planes take off safely, but only one landed, while the other landed. collapsed in Poole Bay.

A young, winged woman was reportedly strapped to the top of the plane when it landed in the water before turning around, with the pilot and acrobat suspended underwater.

In dramatic footage shared online, the woman and pilot scream desperately for help as they float in the water alongside their rapidly sinking plane.

A man watching the chaos unfold praised the “hero” pilot, who sought a suitable landing point along the coast after suffering an engine failure, ultimately opting for a marina with hundreds of boats clustered together .

Shocked eyewitnesses admitted it was “a miracle”, no one was seriously injured after seeing two AeroSuperBatics planes take off safely, but only one landed, while the other dived in Poole Bay (photo)

CCTV near the Chain Ferry at Sandbanks, Poole captured the moment the plane struck the water

He crashed into the ocean as the pilot and acrobat screamed for help

CCTV near the Chain Ferry at Sandbanks, Poole captured the moment the plane struck the water as the pilot and acrobat “screamed for help”

A winged plane has crashed into the sea at the Bournemouth Air Festival, with two passengers receiving treatment for their injuries. [File image]

A winged plane has crashed into the sea at the Bournemouth Air Festival, with two passengers receiving treatment for their injuries. [File image]

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Sandbanks (above) to assist with recovery and treat the two passengers involved in the stunt

Emergency services rushed to the scene in Sandbanks (above) to assist with recovery and treat the two passengers involved in the stunt

Emergency services have since set up a safety cordon after rushing to the scene to help with recovery and treat the two passengers involved in the stunt.

It is understood that there were no serious injuries as a result of the crash, although this has not yet been reported by emergency services.

The biplane reportedly sank within 30 seconds, but rubber dinghies arrived in time to bring the two crew members to safety.

Jason Hall, 40, a builder from Hamworthy, was at a yacht yard from where the Tiger Moth plane plunged into the sea.

“The pilot is a hero. You could see he was walking along the coast looking for a safe place to land the plane.

“There must have been 100 tightly packed boats and he dropped them in a space the size of a tennis court.

“I thought he was going to hit the side of our yacht before maneuvering at the last second.

“The wing was already on the plane when they entered the water because it would never have survived the impact of the plane overturning.

“I would say the plane was 50 feet above us when it fell. There were lifeboats on the scene within seconds and the crew managed to exit the cockpit.

“They were pulled into a canoe. It is a miracle that no one was killed.

Rescue worker Libby Chambersy, 43, a housewife from Wareham, was on a rubber dinghy 20 feet from where the plane crashed into the water.

She and her husband Alan rushed to the wreckage where the pilot, described as a man in his 50s, exited the cockpit.

The pilot then freed the wing walker, a woman in her twenties, who was “screaming in shock”.

They helped them get into their small dinghy before being transferred to a larger RIB and taken to the nearby pontoon for medical assistance.

Ms Chambers said: “We were in the smaller dinghy and the plane hit the water 20 feet away from us.

“The pilot was amazing. I don’t know how he managed to avoid the rocks and the other boats. It would have been horrible otherwise.

“We got to the wreckage in seconds and the pilot had grabbed it and pulled the winglady out of their cockpit.

“We hoisted them onto the canoe. She was screaming in shock but he was so calm and composed, although you could tell he was also shaken.

“He hugged his winger. I think she must have been in her twenties and he was maybe in his fifties.

“There was no room in our canoe with us and our children, so they were moved to a larger RIB and taken to the pontoon.

“The plane sank in a minute. It is an absolute miracle that no one was hurt.

Natasha Manley, general manager of the Haven Hotel, whose outdoor patio is next to the crash site, said: “Honestly, it was a miracle that no one was hurt.

“The plane fell right in front of our terrace, on the water among heaps of boats. But none of them were hit.

“A canoe got out of the plane and took people out.

“This boat was right there. Everyone is fine, it was crazy.

John Thacker, from Birmingham, who was watching the air show action from a ship, said: “We had just entered Poole Harbor and the plane was coming in at low altitude.

“When its wheels hit the water, it rolled over. The plane sank very quickly and it was gone in 30 seconds.

“There was no sign of it.

“We couldn’t get close because our draft was too great, but some rubber dinghies reached it in 15 to 20 seconds since it crashed.

“Then the RNLI lifeboat appeared four to five minutes later. “

The biplane reportedly sank within 30 seconds, but rubber dinghies arrived in time to bring the two crew members to safety.

The biplane reportedly sank within 30 seconds, but rubber dinghies arrived in time to bring the two crew members to safety.

The two AeroSuperBatics biplanes are pictured in the air before one collapses into the sea

The two AeroSuperBatics biplanes are pictured in the air before one collapses into the sea

A police statement read: “The plane was part of the Bournemouth Air Festival flight program with two people reportedly on board.

“The two occupants were rescued and reportedly suffered minor injuries. They are taken care of by the ambulance service.

“An investigation is underway and we would like to ask members of the public to avoid the area and the port to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. A police cordon is currently in place.

Thousands of people present

Thousands of people present “watched in horror” as the plane plunged into the sea, eyewitnesses said. Pictured: Emergency services set up a cordon near the crash site

A statement from the Bournemouth Air Festival on Saturday said: ‘There was an incident involving one of the screens far from the display area.

“The crew is safe and sound and is taken care of by the emergency services. As a result, flights have been suspended until further notice. We will keep you posted early this evening.

A later update read: “Flights have been suspended for tonight. We intend to reinstate a display schedule for tomorrow.

“The festival site remains open and all ground activities continue with the Birds of Prey, Beat Retreat, Trade, Sing-a-long Grease and Fireworks.”

Police boats, HM Coastguard and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) are said to be at the scene.

A spokesperson for the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Services said: “At 3.32pm this afternoon, through the joint command structure in place for the Bournemouth Air Festival, we were made aware of a light plane crash near Sandbanks.

“Poole and Westbourne Firefighters witnessed this incident alongside our Poole Technical Rescue Team.

“When the fire department arrived, the two passengers on the plane were off the plane and receiving medical treatment.”

Bournemouth Air Festival is described as the UK’s biggest annual air show, with hundreds of thousands of guests expected this year.

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