Pilot escapes with minor injuries in WW1 Replica crash

Air Accidents Investigation Branch

A pilot from the Bremont Great War Display Team has had a miraculous escape as his replica Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2c nose-dived into the ground at Sywell Aerodrome during a practice display.

The pilot, named as Matthew Boddington, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is understood to have suffered fractured verterbrae and cracked ribs in the accident.

The Bremont Great War Display Team are a regular sight at Airshows and perform dogfight routines in their replica World War 1 aircraft which include Sopwith and Fokker Tri-planes.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is sending a team to the accident site.