/ Police investigating plane crash in Eccles make arrest

Police investigating a plane crash in Eccles have made an arrest.

Just before 9.40am on Saturday 9 September 2017, police were called to reports that a light aircraft had crashed on farm land shortly after take-off from City Airport, Barton.

Four people were on board at the time of the incident, fortunately all walked away with minor injuries.

They were taken to hospital for treatment but were subsequently released.

A 51-year-old man has now been arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft, fraud by false representation and other air navigation order offences following warrants being executed at two addresses near Blackpool, Lancashire.

Police Constable Suzanne Keenan of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a complex investigation that has been undertaken in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority.

“Thankfully those involved in the collision are well on their way to recovering from their injuries, but we still need to make sure those responsible are held to account.

“While we’ve made an arrest, our enquiries into this incident continue and we’d ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has information that could help with the investigation, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4741 or 101, quoting incident number 669 of 09/09/17. This can be done anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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