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Light aircraft carrying fringe candidate crashes

A light aircraft carrying a candidate for a minor party in Britain's general election crashed today, but officials say the pilot and passenger survived with minor injuries.
AP | By HT Correspondent, London
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2010 04:30 PM IST

A light aircraft carrying a candidate for a minor party in Britain's general election crashed on Thursday, but officials say the pilot and passenger survived with minor injuries.

Nigel Farage, a member of the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, was being treated at a hospital, said aide Chris Adams.

"He is ok, so it's not life-threatening. The show goes on," Adams said.

The pilot, who was not immediately identified, was cut out of the aircraft and taken to a hospital, Adams said.

The plane was hired for an election-day stunt, towing a party banner over the constituency northwest of London where Farage is running for a seat in Britain's House of Commons.

He is a member of the European Parliament.

The party advocates Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. Farage is standing against John Bercow, a Conservative who is the speaker of the House of Commons. According to tradition, the main parties do not run candidates against the speaker.

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