Passengers Protected at the Duxford Air Show after a 1930s Biplane Crash

Passengers are taken safely at the Duxford Air Show after a ‘gust of wind’ following the De Havilland Dragon Rapide bi-plane crash of the 1930s

  • A 1930s aircraft was damaged on the Cambridgeshire runway at the IWM Duxford summer air show this morning
  • Eight passengers and one pilot are said to have been on board the plane, but no injuries have been reported.
  • Emergency services gathered around the de Havilland Dragon Rapide aircraft and a crane cleared the scene

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Passengers evacuated after a 1930s plane was damaged and tossed in the air in a ‘minor incident’ at an airshow this morning

The WW2-era biplane, said to carry eight passengers and one pilot, was featured in the nearly vertical moments of the plane’s front end crashing to the ground.

A witness said he thought the aircraft – a de Havilland Dragon Rapide – ‘dipped off the nose or the front wheel failed to land.’

Firefighters are seen next to the plane after the incident during the summer airshow at the Duxford Imperial War Museum near Cambridge.

IWM Duxford stated that the aircraft did not dive into the ground, but leaned forward upon landing, stressing that no one was injured.

Paul Hodson, who took the post-accident photo, said there was a “gust of wind” when it happened.

Emergency services and a crane deal with a plane that witnesses say crash landed at Duxford Airshow today

The biplane is said to have had eight passengers and one pilot at the time of the crashed landing (pictured)

The biplane is said to have had eight passengers and one pilot at the time of the crashed landing (pictured)

Ambulance and fire services attended the scene (pictured) at IWM Duxford this morning

Ambulance and fire services attended the scene (pictured) at IWM Duxford this morning

The plane involved was a Dragon Rapide (pictured dropping 80,000 Poppies during a Remembrance Sunday last year)

The plane involved was a Dragon Rapide (pictured dropping 80,000 Poppies during a Remembrance Sunday last year)

Some damage to the aircraft's body, which is mainly made of plywood, was visible after the accident.

Some damage to the aircraft’s body, which is mainly made of plywood, was visible after the accident.

Emergency services were able to get 1930s aircraft back on its wheels

Emergency services were able to get 1930s aircraft back on its wheels

The aircraft involved was a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, first built in 1934, made primarily of plywood construction for short-haul flights.

It had a minor role during WWII, when it was useful for air couriers between Britain and France. However a military-oriented version was later developed.

an eyewitness told cambridgeshire live: ‘An aircraft appears to have descended nose first, its end in the air, two fire engines, possibly from the airfield and a crane.’

A variety of classic aircraft can be seen at the annual Duxford Summer Air Show in Duxford (pictured: a North American AT-6C ready to take off)

A variety of classic aircraft can be seen at the annual Duxford Summer Air Show in Duxford (pictured: a North American AT-6C ready to take off)

The Spirit of Britain Living History Group dressed as American World War II aircrew with the TF-51D Mustang 'Contary Mary' at the airshow

The Spirit of Britain Living History Group dressed as American World War II aircrew at the airshow with the TF-51D Mustang ‘Contrary Mary’

Other 1930s de Havilland aircraft have made an airshow appearance like the Tiger Moth (pictured preparing to take off)

Other 1930s de Havilland aircraft have made an airshow appearance like the Tiger Moth (pictured preparing to take off)

When contacted by IWM Duxford for a comment, they said it was only minor and all is safe.

A spokesman for IWM Duxford said: ‘This morning, a minor incident occurred with an aircraft at IWM Duxford. No one involved was injured, the incident has been completely dealt with and the flight schedule for today’s event will go as planned.

Specific details of the incident, including how and why the incident happened, have not been revealed.

The Duxford Air Show – which featured several aircraft and the Battle of Britain exhibition – is taking place this weekend and will last until 6 pm tonight.

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