Two light aircraft crashes took place yesterday (July 15), one in Holton Heath and one at a farm near Shepton Mallet.

A light aircraft crashed in a field of a farm at East Pennard near Shepton Mallet at lunchtime.

The pilot called Bristol airport to say that the plane was going down around midday so an ambulance was mobilised, together with fire crews from Glastonbury, Castle Cary and Shepton Mallet.

After liaison with police, it was confirmed that the pilot had succeeded in making an emergency landing and had managed to escape through the cockpit, helped by the farmer until the paramedics arrived.

Fire crews checked that there was no fire before making the plane safe by isolating the fuel and power.

South West Farmer: The helicopter wreckage. Picture: Dorset and Wiltshire Fire ServiceThe helicopter wreckage. Picture: Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service

Meanwhile in Holton Heath near Wareham St. Martin a helicopter crashed into a field.

Crews from Poole and Blandford responded.

On arrival they found that the pilot had managed to get out of the wreckage on his own and had sustained no injuries.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.