This is the nail-biting moment a pilot plunged a small aircraft into the sea to avoid a crowd of onlookers.
Two people were injured after the wing-walking bi-plane crashed into the sea during Bournemouth Air Festival on Saturday in Sandbanks, Dorset.
Dorset Police confirmed they suffered only minor injuries.
A witness, who does not want to be named, described the heart-stopping moment to DorsetLive.
“We were on the Studland Beach at the time, next to the chain ferry,” they said.
“We were there watching the air show, the wing walkers were approaching and were head-on towards us. There was one above the other.
“On one of the planes, the rotor wasn’t spinning. I actually said to my mate, ‘That plane is going to crash’ and that is when I started recording.”
The sea and waterfront around Poole Harbour was busy with boats and onlookers waiting to see the spectacle of the Bournemouth Air Festival. The witness noted the fast response of nearby vessels.
“Boats approached quite quickly, I’d say within less than two minutes there were emergency services.”
After ensuring noone had been seriously injured in the crash, the witness felt as though he should share the footage of the pilot’s potentially lifesaving manoeuvre.
Emily McGregor was walking her dog on the beach with her husband Chris at the time of the incident.
She said: “We both thought the planes were quite low and we didn’t think much of it because it was the air show.
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“The red one on top was a bit higher and the white one below. Then we watched it getting lower and lower, from where we stood on the dog beach, it looked like is was going to crash into the hotel.
“I don’t know how it didn’t kill anyone as there were so many people hotel. There is a very small gap between a buoy and the hotel and I believe (the pilot) went through that and avoided the hotel.”
Emily and Chris ran around the corner as the boat entered the water.
“Everyone just ran from the beach. I think they ran because they assumed there would be a big fireball and a lot of people would be injured.
“There were boats there already and a little dinghy went to pick the people out of the water straight away. Then it transferred them to a bigger boat who took them to a waiting ambulance.
“My husband Chris saw them getting into a rescue boat and he thought it looked like an adult and a small person.”
Dorset Police said they received a report at 3.50pm on Saturday, September 4 that a small aircraft had crashed into the water in the Sandbanks area of Poole Harbour.
The aircraft was part of the Bournemouth Air Festival flight schedule with two people reported to be onboard. Both occupants have been rescued and are reported to have sustained minor injuries. They received treatment by the ambulance service.
A statement added: “An investigation is underway and we would please ask members of the public to avoid the area and harbour to allow emergency services to deal with the incident.
“The Bournemouth Air Festival flying schedule has been suspended for today.”