The accident that almost killed Nigel Farage

The accident that almost killed Nigel Farage

The light aircraft crashed at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airport, near Brackley, injuring Ukip candidate Nigel Farage and the plane's pilot.  (Photo by Ruy Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)
Nigel Farage nearly died when the light plane he was traveling in crashed at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airport, near Brackley, in 2010. (Getty) (Ruy Vieira – PA Images via Getty Images)

Nigel Farage is said to be set to join the I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! line-up, saying he is giving the idea “very serious consideration”.

The popular ITV series is set to return to UK screens on Sunday, November 19, and Farage has hinted that he might consider taking part despite applications being rejected since 2016.

The former UKIP and Brexit Party leader has seen his fair share of real-life drama, including death when his light aircraft crashed while campaigning for votes during the 2010 general election.

On election day 2010, a small plane Farage was traveling in crashed after a UKIP banner became entangled in the plane’s tail fin.

The light aircraft crashed at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airport, near Brackley, injuring Ukip candidate Nigel Farage and the plane's pilot.  (Photo by Ruy Vieira/PA Images via Getty Images)

Farage described the moments before the accident, which left him with several injuries. (Getty) (Ruy Vieira – PA Images via Getty Images)

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He later said that the experience motivated him, saying: “I think it made me more ‘me’ than I was before, to be honest. Even more fatalistic. Even more convinced it’s not a dress rehearsal. Even more impulsive than I was before.” . And I’m driven.”

This wasn’t the first personal drama Farage had witnessed.

In his early twenties, he was run over in Orpington, Kent, after a night out in the pub, was seriously injured and later diagnosed with testicular cancer.

FILE - Nigel Farage speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC 2023, March 3, 2023, at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.  An independent investigation found “serious failings” into how NatWest Group’s exclusive private bank, Coutts Bank, closed the account of right-wing British politician Nigel Farage, it was reported on Friday, October 27, 2023., which has an established reputation for being the private bankers to Britain’s royals and nobility.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Farage could be set to head into the jungle, with rumors swirling that he will join the I’m a Celebrity line-up. (Getty) (News agency)

Accounts of the incident described how Farage, wearing his pinstripe suit, chartered the plane towing the banner.

But the banner impacted the plane, triggering a mayday call as it fell toward the ground, crashing at 80 miles per hour.

Farage suffered fractures in the vertebrae and ribs, as well as a fracture in the sternum, and required spinal surgery, while the pilot of the plane was also seriously injured.

talk on Piers Morgan Life Stories In 2019, Farage admitted: “It’s not a great memory,” and described going through stages of “denial,” followed by “horror,” then a “strange resignation” in which he might die.

“No one will know I survived.”

“I had a vision of what it would be like,” he said. “I kind of imagined a head bump and blackness, and that was that — it was almost a premonition of what it might be like.”

After the crash, he said, as he lay among the wreckage, he remembers thinking: “We’re covered in fuel… This damn thing is going to burn and no one will ever know I survived the crash.”

Farage added that while he was considering sending text messages to his family, he did not want his messages to “haunt” them if he died, nor did he want to distract the pilot during his battle to regain control of the plane.

He added: “For once in my life, the right thing to do is to sit down and not say anything at all.”

Investigators are looking at the wreckage of the light aircraft that crashed at Hinton-in-the-Hedges Airport, near Brackley, injuring Ukip candidate Nigel Farage and the plane's pilot.

Farage thought he would die in the accident in 2010. (Getty) (Ruy Vieira, PA Photos)

I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here returns on Sunday 19 November for its 23rd season and will once again be hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly.

Rumors have swirled about the names set to take part, including Nigel Farage.

Other names include food critic Grace Dent, Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn, and broadcaster Phillip Schofield.

Coronation Street star Alan Halsall is also rumored to be part of the line-up, alongside JLS’s Marvin Humes.

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