Plane crash at Leeds Bradford Airport causes delays

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A PILOT walked away with just minor injuries after his light aircraft crashed into a mast at Leeds Bradford Airport today.

The man was treated at the scene and taken to hospital by ambulance after the plane - from one of the training schools at the site - collided with a nearby mast at around 4.15pm.

The airport was closed for 90 minutes, causing some delays for passengers.

Tony Hallwood, aviation development and marketing director at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “A single-engine trainer aircraft collided with one of our antenna masts at the airport.

“As a result, the airport was closed for a period of 90 minutes whilst we got the passenger off the aircraft.

“He was treated on site by the medical team.”

Mr Hallwood added: “We have now re-opened the airport.

“Obviously we had a small number of diversions during that period and passengers waiting for their flights will have a few delays this evening.”

A spokesman from West Yorkshire Police said: “At 4.30pm a light aircraft collided with a mast.

“One pilot received minor injuries and flights were briefly stopped.

“The pilot was taken to hospital by ambulance.”

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