Wales: One man dies, two critically injured in Caernarfon Airport plane crash – 190513 2145z

Accident investigators start probe after tragedy

Plane which crashed at Caernarfon airport

Plane which crashed at Caernarfon airport

“A MAN died and two others were critically injured when a light aircraft which crashed at Caernarfon Airport this morning.

Last night air accident investigators arrived at the scene to begin a detailed inquiry to try and pinpoint what may have happened to cause the accident.

The single-engined Piper Cherokee was approaching the westerly runway at the airport at Dinas Dinlle at about 11.25am on a flight from the north west of England.

Sources at the airport suggested the aircraft may have clipped some trees close to the airport boundary and “flipped over”.

Airport firefighters were at the scene almost immediately and found the aircraft overturned on the grassy area to the left of the runway.

Paramedics from the Wales Air Ambulance are based at the airport and were also quickly at the scene.

The casualties were given emergency treatment before being airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

One man, who has not been named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesman said a man in his 60s had “serious multiple lower limb injuries” and a boy had head and abdomen injuries. Their condition last night was described as “critical”.

The airport fire crews were joined by eight appliances from five North Wales Fire Service stations at Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Llanberis, Pwllheli and Llangefni.

Specialist appliances from Holyhead were also sent to the scene.

A fire service spokeswoman said fire fighters laid a foam blanket over the area to prevent spilt fuel igniting.

An airport worker said: “We’re stunned by what has happened.”

Locals were alerted to the tragedy by the sound of emergency vehicles arriving at the airport.

Richard Roberts, 58, and his wife Gwen from Penygroes were walking their dog along the beach.

“We hear the aeroplanes at the airport all the time and think nothing of them. We saw the fire engines arriving and knew something tragic had happened. My thoughts and prayers are with those involved,” said Mr Roberts.

The aircraft is a Piper Cherokee aircraft, a popular single-engined aircraft which can carry four passengers. The plane is believed to be based at Blackpool and is available for hire.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said Family Liaison Officers are supporting the family who are from the Lancashire area.

He added: An investigation is on-going and we are appealing to anyone who witnessed the plane as it approached the runway of Caernarfon Airport to contact police.

Anyone with any information relating to the incident is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101.” – dailypost.co.uk

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