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Investigation reveals details of plane crash in Cornwall

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Published by Sarah Yeoman at 3:54pm 11th October 2018. (Updated at 8:24am 12th October 2018)

An investigation has found how a pilot heard a sudden 'bang' before a plane crashed in Cornwall.

A light aircraft crashed upside down in a field near St Agnes back in April, scrambling police and firefighters.

The pilot was the only person inside the plane and was taken to hospital - but was not seriously injured.

Now the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has looked into what caused the crash.

Officials say the pilot made a mayday call after hearing a loud bang and went into a forced landing.

"When applying full power, following a descent at idle power there was a sudden bang and heavy vibration.

"The vibration eased on reducing power but increased again as power was applied.

"The pilot declared a MAYDAY and initiated a forced landing.

"At 50ft, the pilot realised that his selected field was unsuitable so he veered left and landed in a harrowed field.

"The wheels dug in and the aircraft flipped inverted.

"The cause of the engine problem could not be determined".

Air Accidents Investigation Branch

In a statement at the time, a spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said all emergency services had been scrambled.

"Emergency Services are currently at the scene of a light aircraft crash on Penwinnick Road near St Agnes.

"Police were called at around 2.20pm following reports that a light aircraft carrying one sole occupant had collided into a field.

"The pilot is believed to be uninjured and paramedics are on the scene.

"Road closures have been put in place at Porthtowan and Mount Hawke.

"The Civil Aviation Authority have been informed".

Devon and Cornwall Police

You can read the full report here.

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