One of Britain's "most experienced vintage aircraft pilots" has been pulled from the wreckage of a crash following a mock dogfight between British and German war planes.
The lucky airman, named as Matthew Boddington, was rushed to hospital after his replica Royal Aircraft Factory BE2c crashed at Sywell aerodrome in Nottinghamshire.
The plane is said to have spun out of control and crashed during a mock air fight on Wednesday.
Low level dog fight routines replicate how aircrafts were flown during the Great War over the trenches of Northern France and Belgium.
Incredibly, nobody was seriously injured in the dramatic accident - with the stunned pilot only suffering cuts, bruises "and a cracked rib".
Witnesses said the plane spun out of control before hurtling towards the ground nose down in the aerodrome.
Experienced pilot Matthew Boddington was taken to hospital after emergency services scrambled to the crash.
The plane - which was featured in film 'Biggles Sweeps the Skies' - was restored by co-owners Matthew Boddington and Steve Slater.
Mr Slater told Mail Online: “Matthew Boddington was pilot of the BE [aircraft] that crashed today.
“While I don't know his precise medical condition he appears not to have suffered any serious injury.
“Matthew is among the top most experienced vintage aircraft pilots in the country.
“And while we don't try know what happened to make the plane lose control Matthew managed to wrestle it back and it landed with its wings level to the ground.
“Those old aircraft are as tough as old Work War One boots, solid, so that would have protected him.”
He added: “Matthew and I own the plane together. We spent six years rebuilding it after we found it abandoned in a barn in America.”
The UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch this afternoon sent a team to begin looking into what had happened, MailOnline reported.
The vintage aircraft belongs to the Great War Display team, a group of "highly experienced pilots" who regularly display replica World War One planes at air shows across Britain and France.
Group leader Gordon Brander confirmed the pilot was fine.
He told the Mail: “I was up the air with him at the time but we were all pointing in different directions as part of our routine so I didn't see him come down.
“The first I saw of it was when I flew over where he crashed and I did think the worst. I thought 'fingers crossed he is ok'.
“Thankfully he has just cuts and bruises and a cracked rib. He should be in hospital for another couple of days. He is there with his family by his side.
“We are all very experienced pilots. There are 10 to 12 of us and most us are ex airline or ex military. It was a BE2 that came down.
“First World War aircrafts are quite primitive and rather delicate so we don't do hugely acrobatic displays. It is more recreating dog fights and we were due to perform at Duxford in three weeks time, but now that is looking unlikely.
“Because of Covid we hadn't been practicing that much so we thought we would get some airtime in. They are quite fragile aircraft so he is quite lucky, we are all glad he isn't too badly injured.”
A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said they attended the scene along with fire and ambulance colleagues.
An ambulance spokesperson said: “We sent a paramedic in an ambulance car, a crewed ambulance and the air ambulance was also in attendance.
“We transported one patient to Coventry and Walsgrave Hospital via land ambulance.”
One person reported on Twitter how she saw a war plane, which looked like a Spitfire, performing loops in the sky above her home.
She wrote: "Living near Sywell, when it's a calm sunny day I get old plane pilots making the most of it.
"One that looks a bit like one of these has just done turns and loops over the house. I'd like to say it was a spitfire because the tail looked exactly the same."