An aeroplane could be seen stranded in a field close to Netherthorpe Airfield at Thorpe Salvin on Sunday, and it was confirmed this afternoon that an investigation is underway.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was sent to the scene – but no serious injuries were reported in the incident on Sunday morning.
South Yorkshire Police also attended.
The force said in a statement: “Police were called at 11.43am on June 12 to reports that a light aircraft had crashed near to the Netherthorpe Airfield in Thorpe Salvin area of Rotherham.
“Officers attended and it was found that the aircraft had crashed shortly after take-off in a nearby field. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.
“The Air Accident Investigation Branch have been notified. Enquiries are ongoing.”
It has now also been confirmed that the incident is under investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.
A spokesman for the branch said: “We’ve been informed of an accident at Netherthorpe Airfield on Sunday, and we have launched an investigation into it.”
They said they were unable to provide any further details into the incident at this stage. Full details of the investigation are expected to be published in the future after it has been completed.
A spokesman for the Yorkshire ambulance Service confirmed a call for an ambulance had been received, and that the air ambulance had been sent to the scene.
They said in a statement: “A Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended the airfield following an emergency call at 11.28am on Sunday morning to reports of an incident involving a light aircraft. The air ambulance was not required as the three patients were uninjured.”
Sheffield Aero Club, which runs the airfield, has been approached for comment, but has not yet responded.
The airfield dates back to the 1930s, when it was first set up and operated by aviation enthusiasts and was used by the RAF during World War Two.
It is nowadays used by the club for flying training and for private flighs by its members.