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6th May 2010
UPDATE 3: I was wrong. Mr Farage was defeated by John Bercow, the House of Commons speaker.
UPDATE: Following concerns over chest pain and possible injuries, Nigel Farage has been transferred from Banbury Hospital to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where the pilot is also being treated. (Updates at end.)
NIGEL FARAGE INJURED IN PLANE CRASH
On the BBC there was this shocking picture of a bloodied Mr Farage seemingly unconscious inside his aircraft. To be blunt I’m not sure if the broadcasters should have shown this. Sadly, in this day of personal intrusion, public “ownership” of public figures and a discomforting voyeuristic tendency, it is par for the course.
And now this one minute video from SkyNews is available online:
In the Metro report, Nigel Farage plane crash pictures show bloodied face and wreckage:
Pictures taken moments after Nigel Farage’s Polish-built plane crashed show the UKIP leader covered in blood after suffering facial injuries.
The disturbing series of images, as yet unavailable for publication, show a clearly stunned Mr Farage with lines of blood smeared across the right side of his face.
He was wearing a smart suit and sporting a UKIP party rosette and in one image is being helped by a witness.
In another he is seen strapped into the plane, but dangling upside down with his face wedged in the grass after being flipped over in the accident.
The foot of what appears to be the pilot can be seen sticking out of the crumpled blue wreckage.
The front part of the plane also appears to have come apart from the main body of the plane after an apparent nosedive. It is currently lying in a field with the cockpit crushed.
Mr Farage was in the aircraft towing a banner bearing the slogan “Vote for your country – Vote Ukip” when it went down at an airfield in Northamptonshire.
It went down just after 8am, also injuring the pilot, who was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. Former Ukip leader Mr Farage was taken to Horton General Hospital in Banbury.
The aircraft was believed to be a 1960s-style biplane which left the Winchester area of Hampshire early today and flew into Hinton.
The accident happened as it was taking off again from Hinton, the spokesman said.
The plane’s registration is G-BWDF and according to the Civil Aviation Authority the owner is Sky Banners in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.
It is a PZL-104 Wilga 35A, a Polish fixed-wing landplane.
1. Telegraph report, excerpt:
‘The aircraft was pulling a purple and yellow Ukip banner which allegedly got caught up in the tail fin of the aircraft when it took off just after 8am. The banner carried the slogan “Vote for your country – Vote Ukip”.
Mr Farage, 46, was found still strapped into his cockpit seat, bent double and face down under the plane. He was pulled from the tangled wreckage still dressed in a pin-stripe suit, blue shirt and tie, with a Ukip rosette attached.
Mr Farage, a Ukip MEP and the party’s chief spokesman, was taken to Horton General Hospital in Banbury suffering from minor head injuries.
The pilot, Justin Adams, was more seriously hurt and lost his shoes in the impact of the crash. He was taken to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry. His condition is not said to be life-threatening.’
2. And this from the Daily Mail, many of whose readers will instinctively support Nigel Farage, UKIP’s former leader and parliamentary candidate (that’ll be a definite now.)
I presume he means “hates flying”. Mr Farage is not the past tense, yet, Mr Hannan. He’ll live to fly another day.
4. Updated post from Daily Mail, excerpts:
UKIP candidate Nigel Farage tonight said he was ‘lucky to be alive’ after a miracle escape from a horrific plane crash when a last-minute election stunt went dramatically wrong.
Mr Farage is being treated in hospital after chipping his spine, damaging his breastbone and breaking two ribs in the accident, which came barely an hour after polling booths opened.
He was hauled to safety with blood trickling down his face after the aircraft plummeted to the ground at 70mph when a banner declaring ‘Vote for your country, vote UKIP’ became tangled in its tail fin.
Mr Farage could be heard moaning ‘get me out’. The blood-splattered Westminster hopeful was clearly terrified as he was helped to his feet.
Hopefully Mr Farage will recover quickly.
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