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A small plane carrying bird watchers flying to the Barra crash landed soon after taking off at the weekend.


The group were hoping to see an American redstart - an extremely rare visitor to the UK - which made a surprise appearance on the island.


This is only the second the occasion the species has appeared in Scotland - and the sixth time in Britain - so twitchers were desperately keen to see the warbler.


The four people on board escaped serious injury when the Piper Cherokee ditched in a field in Eccles on Saturday.



The pilot suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital.


Poor weather caused him to attempt to turn back when the accident occurred, it is believed.


A Salford City Airport spokesperson said the aircraft made a precautionary landing in a field approximately half a mile west of the airfield


He added: “The airport fire service, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and North West Air Ambulance attended the scene.


“One person was taken to hospital by land vehicle for checks of minor injuries.


“The AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) have been informed of the occurrence and the incident and GM Police are conducting an investigation.”


Some 100 litres of aviation fuel leaked from plane into the field it is believed.



Bird watchers’ plane ditches in poor weather

11 Sept 2017