Nigel Farage in plane crash

By staff

Nigel Farage has been in a plane crash, authorities have confirmed.

The former Ukip leader, who is running against Speaker John Bercow in Buckingham, has not been seriously injured.

His pilot is thought to be in good health as well. He was cut from the wreckage and airlifted to a hospital in Coventry.

Mr Farage has been taken to Horton General Hospital in Oxfordshire.

The crash is understood to have been caused by a political banner, reading ‘vote for your country – vote UKIP’, hanging from the back of the plane.

A Ukip spokesman said: “We’ve had unconfirmed reports that either the banner got snagged up or there were cross-winds and it was an unfamiliar airfield to the pilot, who had to be cut out of the plane.”

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: “Two people were on board the aircraft, pilot and passenger, and both suffered what are believed to be minor injuries.”

It is thought to have occurred just after 08:00 BST, ten minutes after takeoff from the Hinton-in-the-Hedges airfield near Brackley in south Northamptonshire.