Lucky pair survive British air crash

29th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two men were lucky to escape death on Friday when their light aircraft crashed in the gap between two houses in Manchester, northwest England.

The men, one in his late 50s and the other aged 21, were taken to hospital with extensive burns.

The Piper PA38 Tomahawk aircraft flew only a short distance from Manchester's City Airport before coming down, causing extensive structural damage to one of the properties.

"There were two patients on board who both suffered burns. A man in his late 50s had 70 percent burns and a man aged 21 had 60 percent burns," said a North West Ambulance Service spokeswoman.

One of them had to be cut free from the wreckage.

"It was as if a bomb went off," said nearby resident Mark Frimston, 25.

"We could hear screaming, women screaming initially and then a man screaming in terror.

"There was loads of smoke in the air, you could taste it in your mouth."

John Kavanagh, 56, added: "It felt like everything shook -- the houses and cars -- and then smoke rose up high into the sky.

"The people that survived this have had a miracle escape."

A man sitting inside one of the houses escaped injury and helped douse the flames.

© 2011 AFP

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