Plane crash-lands at Culdrose Air Day: VIDEO

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A skillful pilot walked away without injury from an aircraft following a crash during Air Day near Helston yesterday.

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The Hawker Sea Fury crashed onto the runway during Culdrose Air Day when one of its wheels did not deploy as it was coming in for landing.

Operated by the Royal Navy Historic Flight based at Yeovilton, the only UK fly worthy Sea Fury suffered a serious failure mid way through it's display at the Culdrose 2014 Air Day. Pilot, Lieutenant Commander Chris Gotke was able to walk away unscathed after expertly bringing the craft back down 

Wildcat Aerobatics team tweeted: "Just landed off display at Culdrose. Sea Fury behind us has just made forced landing but gear collapsed. Great job by Goaty at controls."

The official RNAS Culdrose Twitter account, @Culdrose_AirDay, wrote: "Everyone do not panic, the main thing is the pilot is ok and fire engines are on scene.

It followed that with another tweet: "Due to the circumstances the flying display has now been cancelled."

A Royal Navy spokesperson said: "We can confirm that an historic display aircraft at the Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose's Air Day has carried out an unplanned but controlled landing.

"There are no injuries to the Royal Navy pilot nor to any members of the public in attendance.

"All relevant organisations have been informed and the investigation process has been initiated so it would be inappropriate to comment further."

The Sea Fury was a naval fighter plane, built by Hawker between 1945 and 1955, and saw service in the Korean War.

They were retired by the Navy in 1955, with the introduction of jet powered aircraft, although they continued to be used by other air-forces including Pakistan up until 1960.

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