‘Pilot error’ in Spitfire crash

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A Second World War Spitfire crashed in January after landing when its pilot pulled the wrong lever, an accident report concluded.

The plane had successfully landed at East Midlands Airport and was taxiing off the runway when the experienced pilot selected the handle to retract the landing gear, bringing the wheels up and ditching the aircraft on the ground.

The error shut the runway for more than two hours, with flights having to be diverted or delayed.

The aircraft had taken part in aerial displays.