TWO men have been taken to hospital with back and pelvic injuries after a plane crashed in North Yorkshire.

The four-seater plane crashed in a field off Common Lane, Hambleton, in the Selby district.

Emergency services, including the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, are at the scene, and one person has been taken to hospital by helicopter.

Another casualty is being taken to hospital by road ambulance.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "It is believed the aircraft crashed into a field near the end of the runway. Two men, the only occupants, had to be recovered by firefighters and paramedics.

"Both men have been taken to Leeds General Infirmary with suspected back and pelvic injuries. One was in a more serious condition and he was flown to the hospital by air ambulance. The aircraft has been made safe and security measures have been put in place at the crash scene."

Officials from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the collision.

A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said the crash happened at just before midday, and the occupants of the plane had managed to get themselves free of the vehicle before help arrived.

The spokeswoman said crews were currently clearing up spillage of about 200 litres of aviation fuel from the crash site.