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Plane Crashes Into Back Garden In Cheltenham, 76-Year-Old Pilot Injured (PICTURE)

06/06/2013 12:43 BST | Updated 06/06/2013 15:51 BST

A light aircraft has crashed into a back garden in Cheltenham, police said.

The 76-year-old pilot, from London, suffered minor injuries in the crash which happened in the Warden Hill area of the town.

The owner of the house in Langdale Road was uninjured when the single engine Cirrus crashed, a Gloucestershire Police spokesman said.

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No-one in the house was injured

"The emergency services were called to a report of a plane coming down in the back garden of a house in Langdale Road in Cheltenham at approximately 10.45am today," the spokesman said.

"The pilot, a 76-year-old man from London, has suffered minor injuries and is currently being treated at the scene by paramedics.

"The homeowner was uninjured. Nearby houses have been evacuated as a precaution while the fire service make the scene safe."

The scene of the accident is just 2.5 miles from Gloucestershire Airport, at Staverton, near Cheltenham.

Police said that during the incident the pilot deployed the plane's parachute.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire police said no houses had to be evacuated following the crash.

Plane Crashes In Back Garden In Cheltenham