During an air festival, a wingwalker plane crashed into the sea, narrowly missing visitors.
At the Bournemouth Air Festival in Dorset, one person was strapped to the top of the plane as it did feats.
As it crashed into the sea metres from people sat on their pleasure boats in the harbour, eyewitnesses described it as a “miracle” that no one was injured.
When their plane flipped upside down, the young female acrobat and pilot ‘screamed for help’ as they were left submerged.
Near the Chain Ferry slipway in Sandbanks, Poole, emergency services rushed to the scene.
The festival organizers have confirmed that both persons on board are “safe and sound” and in the care of emergency personnel.
The crash scene was cordoned off by police, and flying was halted for the rest of the day.
‘There has been an incident with one of the exhibits distant from the exhibition area,’ Bournemouth Air Festival tweeted.
The plane sank within 30 seconds after striking the sea, according to reports, and rescuers in rubber dinghies were able to bring the two crew members to safety.
The acrobat was still linked to the plane as it impacted the sea, according to an eyewitness, and they observed the woman ‘brace for impact’ before she ‘screamed for aid.’
‘Honestly, it was a miracle no one was wounded,’ said Natasha Manley, general manager of the Haven Hotel, whose outdoor terrace area is near to the crash site.