Pilot bails before firefighters tackle blazing craft following crash at air strip in Co Armagh

One person taken to hospital but not seriously injured following small aircraft crash near Tandagree

Tandragee plane crash Crash happened at small air strip on the Mullahead Road near Tandragee. Picture by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press (David Maginnis/David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

Firefighters had to put out a blaze after a small aircraft crashed at a landing strip in Co Armagh on Tuesday afternoon.

The pilot, who managed to bail from the craft following the crash, was taken to hospital but was not seriously injured.

The crash happened around 1.15pm at the small air strip on the Mullahead Road near Tandagree.

The scene Tuesday's air crash at Mullahead Road, Tandragee. Picture by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press. (David Maginnis/David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press)

Emergency services, including police, fire and ambulance, rushed to the scene following the report of the crash and fire. One person was taken to Craigavon Area Hospital.

The Air Accident Investigations Branch has been informed about the incident. the PSNI said, adding: “There are no reports of any serious injuries at this time.”

In a statement, a Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said crews were dispatched after reports of a light aircraft crash at the strip were received at 1.20pm.

“One appliance from Portadown Fire Station and one appliance from Lurgan Fire Station attended the incident,” the spokesperson said.

“Firefighters extinguished the fire and secured the area. The pilot was out of the aircraft when firefighters arrived and has been transferred to the care of the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

“There were no passengers on the aircraft. The incident was dealt with by 2.27pm.”

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it received a 999 call at 1:26pm following reports of the incident on the Mullahead Road.

The NIAS said callouts have been affected
Two NIAS emergency crews and a hazardous area response team were sent to the scene of the crash

A spokesperson said: “NIAS dispatched two Emergency Crews and the Hazardous Area Response Team to the incident. Following assessment and initial treatment at the scene, one patient was taken by ambulance to Craigavon Area Hospital.”