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Crash pilot, 83, tells of lucky escape
10:39am Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A Pilot has told of his lucky escape after two aircraft crash-landed shortly after take-off.
A tug aircraft – piloted by 83-year-old Bill Cook, from Ringwood – was towing a glider when it developed engine problems yesterday.
Both planes crash-landed on Ministry of Defence land in Dorset.
The tug aircraft was badly damaged but Mr Cook, pictured, was uninjured, as were the pilot and passenger of the glider.
Mr Cook said the take-off had gone normally until the engine stopped developing power at about 30ft.
He said that he aimed to land on a military road at Bovington Camp.
“I got it lined up to land down the road but unfortunately the right wing tip clipped a tree and span me around and dumped me on the ground,” he said. “I slid along the ground backwards and totally wrote the plane off.”
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