Outspoken British election candidate survives plane crash

6th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

A high-profile candidate in the British general election, Nigel Farage of the UK Independence Party, walked away from a plane crash with minor injuries Thursday soon after voting started, his party said.

Farage, an outspoken Member of the European Parliament, was in a light aircraft which crash-landed at an airfield in Northamptonshire, north of London, as he toured the constituency of Buckingham.

He is trying to oust the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, in the constituency.

"He walked out of the crash bloodied," a party spokesman told AFP.

"He has been taken to hospital in Banbury. The pilot is a bit more serious. He was cut out of the craft."

A police spokesman said: "Two people were on board, the pilot and the passenger, both had minor injuries."

Farage, 46, gained notoriety when he called the European Union's new president Herman Van Rompuy a "damp rag" in a rant in the parliamentary chamber in Strasbourg.

He was fined almost 3,000 euros (3,850 dollars) for the comments he made in March during Van Rompuy's first appearance before the European Parliament.

Farage is trying to win UKIP's first seat in the House of Commons.

The party opposes Britain's membership of the EU and wants stronger controls on immigration.

© 2010 AFP

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