Light aircraft makes emergency landing on A40 in Gloucestershire

Light aircraft makes emergency landing on A40 in Gloucestershire

A light aircraft has made an emergency landing on a busy road in Gloucestershire.

The plane was forced to land on the A40 Golden Valley, near Cheltenham, at about 6pm on Thursday.

Emergency services were on the scene and Gloucestershire Constabulary said no-one was injured.

A spokesperson for the force said: “We were called shortly before 6pm today with a report a light aircraft had landed on the A40 Golden Valley.

Light aircraft lands on the A40
Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter account @whothehellispoe of a light aircraft on the central reservation of the A40 (Who The Hell Is Vesper/Twitter/PA)

“No-one was injured and it is understood that no other vehicles were involved.

“We remain at the scene while work takes place to reopen the road.”

Vesper Gray Smith, 17, said he was on a bus from Gloucester to Cheltenham when he saw the plane in the road and took photos of it.

He said: “I saw some fire engines going across a bridge near the site to go to the scene of the accident.

“There was police talking to witnesses and the pilot.

“Right as I went past the scene the road was shut off behind me.

“I didn’t see the plane land, but the photos were probably taken a few minutes after it did.

“I felt pretty surprised, as it’s really not something that happens often.

“I think everyone else on the bus was quite surprised as well.

“One of the first things I thought about the incident is if everyone is alright, and luckily they were.”