Solicitor flips plane in field
THE crash of light aircraft in Birchington made the front page in July 1962.
The light-blue single-seater Druine Turbulent aircraft crashed after taking off from a makeshift airstrip on a field at Somali Farm.
The pilot, Clive Compston Russell Vick, a 39-year-old solicitor from Seal near Sevenoaks, crawled out unaided from beneath the overturned aircraft with slight cuts and bruises.
Mr Vick, who was chairman of the board of governors of Wellington House School in Westgate, had flown in from Biggin Hill to attend a meeting of old boys at the school.
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The crash happened on his return journey.
The reports read: "As he gradually lifted the plane into the air, so the undercarriage fouled the tops of potato plants in an adjacent field.
"The air craft nose-dived when the propeller hit the ground, turning the machine on to its back and smashing the cockpit canopy in the impact."
The aircraft belonged to Biggin Hill Flying Club.