BREAKING: Light aircraft crashes and flips on take off

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TWO South Yorkshire flyers cheated death when a light aircraft crashed on take off, ploughed through a hedge and flipped upside down before coming to rest on a road.

The pair were in a Cessna aeroplane which was attempting to become airborne at Netherthorpe airfield, at Thorpe Salvin near Worksop, when disaster struck.

The plane overshot the end of the grass runway - believed to be the shortest licensed runway in the UK - before hitting a boundary hedge, turning over and landing on Netherthorpe Road.

Both occupants freed themselves and were treated by paramedics near the scene as firefighters from South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire stood by to guard against the risk from leaking fuel.

A South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue spokesman said they received the call just before 11am today. The plane was moved from the road by forklift truck almost two hours later after permission was given by air accident investigators.

The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for the investigation of civil aircraft accidents.

Netherthorpe airfield is owned and operated by Sheffield Aero Club. A spokeswoman refused to comment yesterday.

The club’s site claims it is probably the oldest flying training school in South Yorkshire and the only one with its own airfield.

It offers trial flying lessons, gift flights, pilot training, aircraft hire, aerobatic training and experience flights.

The website adds: ‘Over the years we have given thousands of people their first experience of flight in a light aircraft’.