Plane fire scare for Westwood

Lee Westwood.
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WORKSOP Golfer Lee Westwood had a lucky escape when fire broke out in the cockpit of his private jet and it was forced to make an emergency landing.

Westwood, who is ranked number two in the world, was travelling from the Houston Open Masters at Augusta with Ryder Cup team-mate Ross Fisher when the pilot was forced to take emergency action shortly after taking off from the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston.

The plane turned back and landed safely as emergency runway crews were scrambled.

The golfer described the experience as “A bit scary.”

He said: “The smoke was coming from the cockpit and they told us later they couldn’t drop our masks because they feed oxygen into the cabin and if there was a fire it would have fanned the flames.

“The plane came down in a bit of a nosedive because you obviously have to get down as quick as you can.

“There had been a small fire somewhere in the instruments and we had the three fire tenders chasing us down the runaway, but I think that’s just a precaution.

“We were a couple of minutes out of the airport. It never looks good when you can smell smoke and the pilots have put masks on.”