Emergency crews were called to Bodmin Airfield on Saturday after reports a pilot had landed short of the airstrip.

The Piper PA-28 managed to land in windy conditions at 12:45 p.m. – but was 100 yards from the runway and ended up in thick gorse.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue was called but the pilot and his passenger made it out unharmed.

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Airfield manager Jay Gates confirmed that everyone escaped unscathed.

He said: “It just landed short. It was an exciting little event for about a minute. We of course called the fire brigade, but they had nothing to do.”

It is understood that the pilot had flown in the small plane from the North for work-related commitments.

Mr Gates said the plane was not badly damaged but it would be up to the owner to arrange for it to be recovered as it was off the airfield.

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “Bodmin, Wadebridge and St Austell crews have been mobilized for this incident.

“Upon arrival, the first crew present discovered that the two occupants were clear of the aircraft and all oncoming resources were removed.”

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