Two people have avoided serious injury after their light aircraft was forced to land in a field in Co Down.

Police, alongside emergency service colleagues, received a report that the aircraft would have to make a forced landing in the Abbacy Road area of Portaferry just after 12.05pm on Thursday, 11 July.

The PSNI said: “On attendance, the aircraft had come down in a field.

“The two people on board had exited the plane and had not sustained serious injury.

“The matter was passed to the Civil Aviation Authority for investigation.”

In a statement, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service confirmed they were dispatched to the scene alongside the air ambulance.

A spokesperson said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 12:00 on Thursday 11th July following reports of an incident in the Abbacy Road area, Portaferry.

“NIAS despatched two Ambulance Officers to the incident. The Charity Air Ambulance with HEMS on board was also tasked to attend.

“Following initial assessment and treatment, no one was taken from scene.”

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended but did not have to take any action.

News Catch Up: Thursday 11 July 2024