North Staffordshire Basics

Woman seriously injured in microlight crash

Tuesday 29th May 2012

A woman has been seriously injured when a microlight type aircraft crashed in Staffordshire this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a microlight type aircraft that had crashed whilst attempting to take off at Calton Moor Airstrip, Calton Moor, Ashbourne at around 12.35pm.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a CFR, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the aircraft with substantial damage and a woman trapped inside it.  The woman had suffered multiple serious leg injuries in the crash, and suspected pelvic injuries.

“The woman, believed to be in her late 50’s, received emergency treatment at the scene and her condition was stabilised.  With the help of the fire service she was extricated from the aircraft and she was immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar.  The woman was trapped for around 45 minutes.

“She was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.  The Doctor travelled on board the air ambulance with the patient and a trauma team were on standby at the hospital.

“A man, believed to be in his 60’s, who was also travelling in the aircraft at the time of the crash, suffered multiple minor injuries and was treated at the scene.  He was transferred by land ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.”