A small plane was destroyed and the pilot injured after crashing into an apartment block in Oxfordshire, emergency services said.
Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said it arrived at the scene of the collision in Upper Heyford, near Bicester, at 12.18pm on Saturday.
The service shared a dramatic photograph of the plane crumpled next to the damaged exterior wall of a property, which Thames Valley Police (TVP) said was an empty building near Camp Road.
A spokesperson for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Services said one person was taken to hospital after the crash, which TVP identified as the pilot.
The fire service said: ‘At 12:18 p.m. today, crews from Bicester, Deddington and Banbury, supported by our specialist rescue tender team from Kidlington Fire Station and Transporter Wheatley Water, attended to support our colleagues from Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service. a light aircraft crash at Upper Heyford.
“Crews worked closely with our colleagues in other agencies to bring the incident to a safe conclusion with one person taken to hospital.”
TVP urged anyone with footage of the crash or information to contact the force. A spokesman said: ‘The plane crashed into an unoccupied building near Camp Road in Upper Heyford around midday. The pilot is hospitalized but no one else was injured. Anyone with pictures or information please call 101 quoting 857.”
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it had launched an investigation and inspectors had begun searching the scene. The branch said: ‘An accident at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire involving a light aircraft has been notified to the AAIB.