A PILOT has died after his plane crashed and “exploded into a fireball” as it attempted to land at a Welsh airport yesterday evening.
Horrified witnesses told how they heard a massive blast and saw a bright light before plumes of think, black smoke began filling the air – just moments after the plane came in to land at Caernarfon Airport.
Emergency crews raced to the scene shortly after the horrifying crash occurred at around 6.20pm.
An onlooker said there were “unprecedented” levels of police surrounding the local area.
A witness told the Daily Post she heard a “very loud boom” and saw a “massive fireball” after the aircraft started to fly very low.
Dog walker Mark Hancock recalled seeing the crash landing.
He said: “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.
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“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.”
“At 18:29 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.”
A cordon was set up around the airport, as emergency services doused the smoking aircraft.
Caernarfon airport – home to the HM Coastguard helicopters, operated by Bristow – operates training flights.
Chief Inspector Sharon McCairn, North Wales Police said: “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.
“No further details are currently available.”