Mr Farage, was pulled semi-conscious from the wreckage with blood running down his swollen face after the light aircraft crashed upside down at Hinton-in-the-Hedges airfield, near Brackley, Northants.
Amazingly the politician, who is contesting Speaker John Bercow’s seat in Buckingham, walked away from the crash with only minor head injuries. The pilot, Justin Adams, was more seriously hurt but his condition is not said to be life-threatening.
In a statement, Mr Farage, who is recovering in hospital, said: “We’ve both had a miraculous escape. We are both very lucky to be alive.”
The aircraft was pulling a purple and yellow Ukip banner which allegedly got caught up in the tail fin of the aircraft when it took off just after 8am. The banner carried the slogan “Vote for your country – Vote Ukip”.