An air accident investigation has been launched following yesterday's light aircraft crash in Monkton.

Two men aged 65 and 75 had to be airlifted to Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital after being seriously hurt when the plane came down in a field, a couple of miles from Prestwick Airport just afteer 4pm yesterday (Tuesday, April .

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed they were examining the incident.

An AAIB spokesperson said: “We have sent a multi-disciplinary team of AAIB inspectors to Prestwick to begin investigating an accident involving a light aircraft.”

Police Scotland said their inquiries were ongoing.

A spokesperson said: "Around 4.10pm on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, we received a report of a small aircraft having crashed in a field near to the A719 at Monkton.

"Emergency services attended and two men, aged 65 and 75, were taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by helicopter for treatment to serious injuries.

"The A719 was closed at the B739, Monkton and re-opened around 7.30pm.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances."

HM Coastguard said they had airlifted the two men to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, while the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) sent two pumps and two specialist appliances to the scene, before leaving at 7.08pm.

The A719 was closed near the B739 for several hours in the aftermath of the crash. It reopened shortly after 7.30pm last night.