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Hundreds left without power after plane crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 11, 2014

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AN investigation has started after a small plane crashed into an electricity pylon – leaving 300 properties without power.

The Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB), part of the Department of Transport, has confirmed it is looking into the crash which happened opposite Derby Airfield, in Hilton Road, Egginton.

A representative for the airfield would not comment on the crash but confirmed no one had been injured in the incident.

Police said the plane had hit the pylon and then landed in the airfield, resulting in no roads being closed. The authority also said the airfield was closed due to the crash.

However, Western Power Distribution, which manages the electricity cables, said 300 properties were left without power after the crash damaged the overhead wires.

A spokesman said: “We were made aware that existing overhead cables were damaged by the plane and engineers had to carry out repair work and rebuild about 220m of cable.

”Around 300 properties were without power at 12.40pm but the majority was back with power within an hour, with the rest back on by 3.10pm.

”The majority of homes were in Egginton.”

It was also confirmed by Western Power Distribution that the electricity pylon is located opposite the airfield site.

A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “It was reported to police at 12.53pm on Thursday with regards to damage to a power line and the airfield was closed.

”A plane hit the line as it was landing and then landed in the airfield.

”No one was injured and the road was not closed.”

A spokesman for the Department of Transport confirmed that the incident was reported to the Air Accident Investigations Branch as part of protocol relating to any incident in the air and is now investigating, but could give no further details.

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