PICTURED: Horror for spectators as plane crashes at UK air show

Passengers were led to safety after a 1930s aircraft was damaged and left tilted in the air in a ‘minor incident’ at an airshow this morning 

The WW2-era biplane, said to be carrying eight passengers and a pilot, was pictured almost vertical moments after the front-end of the plane crashed into the ground.

One witness said they thought plane – a de Havilland Dragon Rapide – ‘nose-dived or the front wheel failed on landing.’

Firefighters were seen next to the plane after the incident, which happened during a summer airshow at Duxford Imperial War Museum near Cambridge.

IWM Duxford said the aircraft did not nose dive into the ground but tilted forward upon landing and emphasised that no one was injured.

Paul Hodson, who photographed the aftermath of the crash, said there was a ‘strong gust of wind’ when it happened.

The aircraft involved was a de Havilland Dragon Rapide, first built in 1934 the plane is made out of a mainly plywood construction for short haul flights.

It had a small role during WWII, when it was useful for aerial couriers between Britain and France. Though a military-orientated version was later developed.

An eyewitness told CambridgeshireLive: ‘It looks like a plane has landed nose first, the end of it is in the air, two fire engines, presumably from the air field and a crane.’

When IWM Duxford were contacted for a comment, they said it was only minor and everyone is safe.