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14-year-old on first flying lesson has fright of her life - after hitting gas filled balloon over Notts

Amy Boulton
Amy Boulton

A fourteen-year-old girl on her first ever flying lesson had the fright of her life when the plane hit a gas-filled balloon yesterday.

Amy Boulton screamed as the Cessna 152 collided with a bright pink balloon shaped as the number 2 as it flew at 1000 ft above a Nottinghamshire airfield at 100mph.

Instructor Will Flanagan said: "This was Amy's first flight.

"She had been at the controls but I was flying in to land at Gamston when I suddenly saw it - I thought it was a bird at first.

"It could've been a big problem if it had wrapped around the propeller.

"But thankfully it didn't cause any damage and we landed safely.

The remains of the balloon

The remains of the balloon

"It certainly gave Amy a shock."

Photos and video by Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press.

Amy at the controls

Amy at the controls

Amy and her instructor Will Flanagan

Amy and her instructor Will Flanagan