Two men airlifted to hospital with 'serious injuries' after plane crash near Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Emergency services at the scene where a plane crashed.
Emergency services at the scene where a plane crashed. -Credit:Facebook/Live With Stu

A plane has crashed into a field with two men on board near Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

The Record understands that the two males, who are aged 65 and 75, are a student pilot and instructor who have "serious injuries". They were airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow for treatment.

The incident happened just after 4pm in Monkton on Tuesday afternoon, April 23, in what is understood to be a G-BVNS small aircraft.

A source told the Record that the crash could be due to suspected engine failure. Police have confirmed that enquries into the circumstances are ongoing.

They said: "It's a flight school plane and two people have been taken to hospital in Glasgow. They are in a serious condition but stable, primary suspect is engine failure, although it got a new engine eight months ago."

Two people were taken to hospital.
Two people were taken to hospital. -Credit:Live With Stu

Police closed down the A719 at the B739 in Monkton, and warned people to avoid the area. It reopened at 7.30pm.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said earlier: "We were alerted at 4.05pm to reports of a crash involving a small aircraft at Monkton, Prestwick.

"Operation control mobilised two appliances and specialist heavy rescue equipment to the scene. Crews remain in attendance.

"Two casualties have been removed to hospital."

A statement from Police Scotland Ayrshire said: "Around 4.10pm on Tuesday, 23 April, 2024, we received a report of a small aircraft having crashed in a field near to the A719 at Monkton.

"Emergency services attended and two men aged 65 and 75 were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by helicopter for treatment to serious injuries.

"The A719 was closed at the B739, Monkton and re-opened around 7.30pm.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances."

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it is looking into the incident.

An AAIB spokesperson said: “We have sent a multi-disciplinary team of AAIB inspectors to Prestwick to begin investigating an accident involving a light aircraft.”

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