Westwood in mid-air fire drama

LEE Westwood was involved in a mid-air ermergency, just days before he begins his challenge for a major at the Masters in Augusta.

The Worksop golfer was in a private jet flying from Houston to Augusta when a fire broke out in the cockpit and the plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

A relieved Westwood said: “The smoke was coming from the cockpit and they told us later they couldn’t drop our masks because they feed oxygen into the cabin and if there was a fire it would have fanned the flames.”

“The plane came down in a bit of a nose dive because you obviously have to get down as quick as you can.”

“There had been a small fire somewhere in the instruments and we had the three fire tenders chasing us down the runaway, but I think that’s just a precaution.”

For a preview of Westwood’s Masters challenge, see this week’s Worksop Guardian.