DIVERS are at Sandbanks this morning after a wingwalkers biplane crashed into the water following a display at Bournemouth Air Festival

An investigation has been launched following the incident at around 3.50pm on Saturday which left two people onboard the plane with minor injuries.

The biplane, which reportedly sank within seconds of coming down, crashed yards from the outdoor terrace area of the Haven Hotel.

Divers are on the scene of the incident today while investigations continue.

In a statement released on Saturday, Dorset Police said: “The aircraft was part of the Bournemouth Air Festival flight schedule with two people reported to be onboard.

“Both occupants have been rescued and are reported to have sustained minor injuries. They are receiving treatment by the ambulance service.

“An investigation is under way and we would please ask members of the public to avoid the area and harbour to allow emergency services to deal with the incident. A police cordon is currently in place.”

Flying at the Bournemouth Air Festival was suspended for the rest of the day after the incident but will resume on Sunday.

Bournemouth Air Festival organisers said: “Following the incident earlier today, the site of the crash has been secured and will remain so overnight. Members of the public are requested to avoid the area.

“The aircraft will be recovered in due course, subject to tides and harbour traffic.

“We would like to thank the RNLI, Coastguard, South West Ambulance, Dorset Police, Poole Harbour Commissioners and all those who took part in the rescue of the two people aboard the aircraft.

“It is a huge relief for all those involved in the Air Festival that the incident has resulted in the display crew being removed from the water safe and well.

“We would also like to thank members of the public for bearing with us all and continuing to make the most of the fabulous ground programme that continued at the Air Festival this afternoon and into the evening.

“We expect a good programme of flying to take place tomorrow (Sunday 5th September).”