A plane crash landed at Southend Airport today – but miraculously both the pilot and passenger emerged unscathed.

Images from the runway show a small Piper aircraft in the grass parallel to the runway with two fire engines on the scene.

One eyewitness described seeing what they believed to be an issue with the left undercarriage – where the wheels are stored which supports an aeroplane when it is on the ground, landing or taking off.

The plane reportedly landed on the runway before veering off to the left and crashing to a stop on the grass.

Another eyewitness, who said it seemed the fire engines had been waiting for the plane to land, described seeing both the pilot and passenger emerge uninjured.

A spokesperson for Southend Airport said: “A light aircraft had an issue with its undercarriage this afternoon. There were no injuries, and the runway was re-opened shortly afterwards.”