Northern Ireland

Pair escape serious injury as light aircraft crashes in Portaferry

Emergency services, including the Air Ambulance charity, were in attendance at the scene of the crash on the Abbacy Road shortly after midday

The air ambulance was sent to the scene in Garvagh
The air ambulance was sent to the scene in Garvagh (Liam McBurney/PA)

Two people escaped serious injury after a light aircraft crash in Portaferry on Thursday.

Emergency services, including the Air Ambulance charity, were in attendance at the scene of the crash on the Abbacy Road shortly after midday.

A PSNI spokesperson said its officers had attended the scene alongside emergency services colleagues after receiving a report that a light aircraft would have to make a forced landing just after 12.05pm.

“On attendance, the aircraft had come down in a field. The two people on board had exited the plane and had not sustained serious injury,” the PSNI added. ”The matter was passed to the Civil Aviation Authority for investigation.”

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said it had attended the scene of the incident

“The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 12:00 on Thursday 11th July following reports of an incident in the Abbacy Road area, Portaferry,” a statement said.

“NIAS dispatched two Ambulance Officers to the incident. The Charity Air Ambulance with HEMS on board was also tasked to attend. Following initial assessment and treatment, no one was taken from scene.”