Wales: Horrified witnesses reported hearing a ‘massive explosion’ before seeing a fireball as a light aircraft crashed on landing this evening, killing one person.
Emergency services raced to the scene of the disaster at Caernarfon Airport in Wales shortly after 6.20pm, and a cordon remains in place.
An onlooker claims the aircraft had ‘no landing gear on’ and hit the ground before ‘bouncing up’ again then exploding.
North Wales Police confirmed the pilot died. Firefighters, the North Wales Police and Welshpool air ambulance are still at the scene. The airport at Dinas Dinlle, near Caernarfon, is home to the Wales Air Ambulance and Rescue 936 Coastguard helicopter, along with other light aircraft.
A dog walker at the scene told The Daily Post: ‘The first thing I noticed was that the plane had no landing gear on. ‘And then I realised it was going too fast. It came in and hit the tarmac and loads of debris came off it, it was a sort of belly flop and it bounced up.
‘It had caught fire straight away. When it hit the ground again it exploded.’ Another witness said: ‘There was a very loud boom and a massive fireball.
North Wales Police said: ‘One person has died following a light aircraft collision at Caernarfon Airport this evening. ‘At 18.29pm North Wales Police received a report that a light aircraft had collided on the runway and was on fire. The emergency services were called to the scene however sadly the pilot was pronounced dead at the scene.’
Chief Inspector Sharon McCairn added: ‘A cordon is in place around the site and we are urging the public to remain clear of the area to allow the emergency services to deal with the incident. ‘Enquiries into the full circumstances are ongoing and we are in contact with the Air Accident Investigation Branch.’