Shocking pictures show a plane submerged in water after it crashed at an air festival.
The plane – carrying daring aerobatics called wing walkers – plunged into Poole harbour, Dorset on Saturday afternoon, September 4, which shocked the thousands of onlookers at Bournemouth Air Festival.
A stunned witness says she is amazed "it didn't kill anyone" while another claims they spotted the plane's rotor stop spinning and feared it would plunge into the crowd below.
It narrowly avoided The Haven Hotel before plunging into the water.
An eyewitness told Dorset Live: "We were on the Studland Beach at the time, next to the chain ferry.
"We were there watching the air show, the wing walkers were approaching and were head-on towards us. There was one above the other.
"On one of the planes "s, the rotor wasn’t spinning. I actually said to my mate, 'that plane is going to crash' and that is when I started recording."
The sea and waterfront around Poole Harbour was busy with boats and onlookers waiting to see the spectacle of the Bournemouth Air Festival. The witness noted the fast response of nearby vessels.
"Boats approached quite quickly, I'd say within less than two minutes there were emergency services."
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After witnessing the incident the onlooker contacted others in the area, wanting to find out if the pilot and their passenger had survived without serious injury.
Police later confirmed that those on the craft had sustained only minor injuries.
"It was just a really weird experience, you don’t expect a plane crash in the sea in front of you," the witness added.
"The pilot did a good job by avoiding things."
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Emily McGregor was walking her dog on the beach with her husband Chris at the time of the incident.
She said: "We both thought the planes were quite low and we didn’t think much of it because it was the air show.
"The red one on top was a bit higher and the white one below. Then we watched it getting lower and lower, from where we stood on the dog beach, it looked like it was going to crash into the hotel.
"I don’t know how it didn't kill anyone as there were so many people hotel. There is a very small gap between a buoy and the hotel and I believe (the pilot) went through that and avoided the hotel."
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Emily and Chris ran around the corner as the boat entered the water. It was at that point shock set in.
She added: "Everyone just ran from the beach. I think they ran because they assumed there would be a big fireball and a lot of people would be injured.
"There were boats there already and a little dinghy went to pick the people out of the water straight away. Then it transferred them to a bigger boat who took them to a waiting ambulance."
Dorset Police state that they received a report at 3.50pm on Saturday, September 4 that a small aircraft had crashed into the water in the Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour, and have since launched an investigation.
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