British political candidate Nigel Farage injured in plane crash on polling day
Thursday, May 6, 2010
A political candidate for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) has been injured in . Nigel Farage, the former leader of the party, was in a two-seater plane when it crashed at an airfield in Northamptonshire. The plane crashed just one hour after voting had opened on polling day.
Farage, 46, was taken to ahospital with non-life threatening injuries. The pilot of the plane is believed to have suffered more severe injuries and was transferred to a different hospital.
The plane had landed at the airfield inand was beginning to take off again when the accident happened. The plane was being flown with a UKIP banner and was due to fly over , the constituency where Farage is standing.
A UKIP spokesman said about that incident that "We've had unconfirmed reports that either the banner got snagged up, or there were cross-winds and it was unfamiliar airfield to the pilot." He added that after a discussion with an aviation expert that the banner could not be a factor in the accident.
Chris Adams, a fellow UKIP candidate for the constituency of, released a statement on the condition of Farage. He said "Nigel was unconscious but he can talk. He's been coming in and out of consciousness and is now being X-rayed."
The fire and ambulance services have remained at the scene of the crash and an investigation has been opened.
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