Plane crashes in water at Bournemouth Air Festival as people told to avoid scene

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A plane carrying wing walkers has plunged into the sea at Bournemouth Air Festival, it is reported.

Thousands of fans were watching on from the Dorset seafront for the third day of the air show, at the time of the incident.

The light aircraft – on top of which daredevil acrobats stand – is understood to have sunk at Poole Harbour.

An alleged witness took to social media to share their horror at seeing only one of two planes safely land.

They said: "I saw them take off. But only see one land. Without anyone on top. Hope everyone is safe."

The festival's official Twitter account issued a statement on Saturday afternoon saying: "There has been an incident involving one of the displays away from the display area.

"The crew are safe and sound and are being looked after by the emergency services.

"Flying has been suspended for this evening. It is our intention to have a display programme reinstated for tomorrow.

"The festival site remains open and all ground-based activities continue with the Birds of Prey, Beat Retreat, trading, Sing-a-long Grease and the fireworks."

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Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "At 3.52pm this afternoon, through the joint command structure in place for the Bournemouth Air Festival, we were made aware of a light aircraft crash near Sandbanks.

"Firefighters from Poole and Westbourne attended this incident alongside our Technical Rescue team from Poole.

"When fire crews arrived the two passengers of the plane were out of the aircraft and receiving treatment.

"Firefighters were required on scene to support partners, provide scene and traffic control.

"The stop message was received at 4.18pm."

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