Leader wanted quick death'
PUBLISHED: 16:36 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 11:42 23 August 2010
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has described praying for a quick death as his plane plummeted into the ground during a publicity stunt on election day. The South East MEP revealed how it was the second time he has cheated death after a car crash in 1985 tha
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage has described praying for a quick death as his plane plummeted into the ground during a publicity stunt on election day.
The South East MEP revealed how it was the second time he has cheated death after a car crash in 1985 that left him to spend months recovering in Bromley Hospital.
The 46-year-old, who lives in Westerham, near Sevenoaks, and pilot Justin Adams got into difficulty trying to hook and catch a UKIP banner with their plane last Thursday. They continued to climb but then nose-dived into the ground in Northamptonshire.
He said: "I was just numbly thinking 'this is the end, I hope this is quick'. After a huge bang we came to rest and then I was trapped. I was hurt, but not massively. That was the time to think.
"I realised I was covered in petrol and I was really, really scared. Then I thought about my kids, my family, my life. That was very frightening indeed. It was difficult to stop myself hyperventilating.
"I am severely incapacitated now and am in a lot of pain.
"I am never getting in a small plane again. It was a terrifying experience. Very few people walk away from something like that."
Mr Farage spent two days in hospital but is now back at home with his wife Kirsten recovering with a cracked chest bone, chipped vertebrae, several broken ribs and a punctured lung.
Asked if it had changed his outlook on life, he said: "My opponents will be pleased to know that this will only make me more determined."
Mr Farage was unable to attend the count at Aylesbury Civic Centre where his rival, Commons Speaker John Bercow, was re-elected to his Buckingham seat.
It is believed the rope of the banner got stuck in the rudder.
His mother, Barbara Stevens, who lives in Downe, said: "It is a miracle."