BREAKING NEWS AND VIDEO - RAF Cranwell trainer aircraft damaged after forced landing

Air Force officials have confirmed that a Grob Tutor training aircraft based at RAF College Cranwell has been damaged in a forced landing earlier today.

A college spokesman said at 12.25pm today (Wednesday) one of the college’s Tutor basic trainer aircraft had to make a forced landing in a field close to the airfield alongside the A17 near Byards Leap.

RAF College Cranwell personnel are in the process of cordoning off the area and securing the aircraft. The initial assessment is that the aircraft has suffered some damage.

There were two people on board, an instructor and student, both walked away uninjured from the landing.

MoD spokesman Wg Cmdr Martin Tinworth told the Standard: We employ professional instructors and when it was judged that the aircraft would not stay in teh air it was decided to put it down and they did a good job.”

The aircraft was on a routine training sortie when the incident happened. Civilian fire crews and RAF College medics attended the incident.

An investigation into the incident will be carried out and aviation authority investigators are travelling up to make a thorough inquiry into the incident.

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