An elderly couple who had a lucky escape after a plane landed in their garden told their unexpected guests “thanks for dropping in”.
Eileen Watling, 71, and her husband Alfie, 83, were settling down on Saturday to watch a bank heist movie on television when the Cessna light aircraft, carrying two passengers, landed nose-first in Eileen’s conifers.
The dazed pilot and passenger got into trouble in thick fog and didn’t realise how low they were flying over the Kent village of Lyminge, about 3pm.
Eileen said: “The film was only two minutes started when the whole house shook and there was what sounded like an explosion. I immediately thought a tree had fallen into the electricity lines, because the power cut out. A man came sprinting up our drive and said a plane had just flown over his car and had crashed in our back garden. First the pilot came stumbling through our bamboo and leaves with blood on his head. His passenger followed, covered in fuel.”
The two men weren’t seriously hurt and were treated for minor injuries last night.