Imperial War Museum Duxford can confirm that the flying incident at yesterday’s air show was a mid-air collision between North American P-51D Mustang (D-FBBD) and Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider (F-AZDP).

The incident took place over agricultural land to the south west of the airfield just after 5.00pm, at the end of the flying display.

The Skyraider suffered damage to its starboard wing, though was able to land safely.  The pilot was unharmed.

The pilot of the Mustang baled out of the damaged aircraft and parachuted to safety, suffering minor injuries.  The aircraft came down in a field away from buildings or property.

There was an immediate response by the onsite emergency services in accordance with Imperial War Museum Duxford’s event safety plan, co-ordinated by Cambridgeshire Constabulary, who were already present at the air show as is normal practice.

Members of the public were not involved in the incident.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) has today begun its formal enquiry into the incident and the Imperial War Museum is complying fully with the requirements of the AAIB’s investigation team.

Imperial War Museum Duxford is aware that the AAIB’s investigation can take some time and there will therefore be an immediate internal review to determine if any changes to flying procedures are required.