LONDON -- A light aircraft carrying a candidate for a minor party in Britain's general election has crashed, but officials say the pilot and passenger escaped with minor injuries.

Britain's Press Association reported that Nigel Farage, a member of the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, was on board the aircraft. The plane was to tow a party banner over the constituency where Farage is running.

An unnamed party spokeswoman told PA that Farage "was going to be just fine." Northamptonshire Police said the plane came down at a small airfield.

The party advocates Britain's withdrawal from the European Union. Farage is standing against John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons. According to tradition, the main parties do not run candidates against the speaker.