Police update after spitfire crashes in Battle of Britain show

Crashed aircraft
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Lincolnshire Police have disclosed new information about the aeroplane that crash-landed in a field earlier today (Saturday, May 25). The police force confirmed the location and appealed to the local community for assistance in a post made on their social media platforms.

RAF Coningsby was hosting a public event when emergency services had to be called, as they received reports of the wreckage. Earlier in the day, Lincolnshire Police confirmed that they were informed about the disaster just prior to 1.20pm, on Saturday, May 25.

It's believed that the plane was only carrying one person and no pedestrians were involved in the incident, according to police statements. They've also released a further update tonight, which includes a public plea for more information, reports Lincolnshire Live.

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The announcement read: "We can confirm the location of the aircraft crash as a field on Langrick Road in Congingsby. If you witnessed this incident or have any footage of it we would be grateful to hear from you. Please contact us on 101 or via force.control@lincs.police.uk quoting incident 221 of 25/05."

RAF Coningsby is one of two RAF Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Stations which provides protection for the UK airspace. It is home to two frontline, combat-ready squadrons and is the training station for Typhoon pilots. The spitfire involved is reported to be a Supermarine Spitfire aircraft.

The model was previously used both before and after World War II. It was designed by R. J. Mitchell and was best known for its role in the Battle of Britain and for its unique elliptical wings, which offered the combination of speed, manoeuvrability, and firepower. It has been reported that there are around 60 Spitfires still airworthy around the world.

These aircraft are often seen at air shows and are preserved by museums and private collectors. In addition to the airworthy Spitfires, many more are preserved in museums and private collections as static displays, with the total number of surviving Spitfires (airworthy and non-airworthy) being around 240.