Spitfire pilot makes emergency landing in a field in Woodchurch

The pilot of a Spitfire had to make an emergency landing today in a field in Woodchurch.
Fire crews, police and paramedics were called to the scene of the crash at 10am.
The pilot was out of the plane when they arrived and has been assessed by paramedics.
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The plane crash landed in a field. Picture @LizTriSpirit

The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Firefighters remain at the scene to deal with a leak of a large quantity of aviation fuel.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: “Police were called to a field in Woodchurch, Ashford at 9.50am this morning, following a report that a small plane had crashed.

“It is reported that the pilot of the plane, believed to be a Spitfire, was uninjured in the incident.

“Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), The Environment Agency and the Civil Aviation Authority were all alerted to the incident.

“KFRS dealt with fuel leakage from the plane and SECAMB checked the pilot for injury.”

There are thought to be only around 50-odd airworthy Spitfires in the world today.
The oldest surviving Spitfire is a Mark 1, serial number K9942; it is preserved at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire.
The plane played a crucial role in the Battle of Britain in Kent, from July to October 1940, and was seen by the public to be the RAF fighter.
source http://www.kentonline.co.uk