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Election Day Stunt by Politician Ends in Plane Crash

Banner tow
Courtesy: AP Photo/Rui Vieira/PA

May 6, 2010 — Nigel Farage, the United Kingdom’s Independent Party (UKIP) Prime Minister candidate, was injured early Thursday (May 6) when the Polish-made Wilga in which he was a passenger crashed while towing 15-foot election banner advising people to 'Vote UKIP'. Farage was seeking some last-minute publicity; however the mission proved difficult as it took seven attempts to launch the banner.

The crash happened during a pass for photographers when it was reported the banner became ensnared in the rudder and the aircraft immediately plunged approximately 40 feet to the earth. Observers say crosswinds may have contributed to the accident which occurred at Hinton-in-the-Hedges airfield, near Nottingham, England.

Farage is reported to have been cut from the wreckage and taken to the hospital, but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.  The pilot, Justin Adams, was also injured.

Britain voters went to the polls Thursday in a General Election, with exit polls at this writing indicating that David Cameron, of the Conservative party, is likely to be the next UK Prime Minister.

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