UPDATED: Man killed in light aircraft crash horror

Light aircraft crashed at Caernarfon airport PICTURE: ARWYN ROBERTS

Light aircraft crashed at Caernarfon airport PICTURE: ARWYN ROBERTS

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A man has died and two people have been seriously injured after a light aircraft from Blackpool crashed in Wales.

Emergency crews were called to Caernarfon Airport, in Gwynedd, North Wales, at 11.26am on Sunday morning.

A spokesman for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the aircraft had landed “off the runway” and had flipped over.

A man was confirmed dead at the scene and two other casualties have been taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor, where their condition has been described as critical.

The area’s ambulance service said a man in his 60s suffered “serious multiple lower limb injuries” and a young boy has head and abdomen injuries.

Fire crews had been working to free a third person from the aircraft.

It is not clear yet whether the aircraft was landing or taking off when the incident happened, or what conditions were like on the ground, although conditions in Blackpool on Sunday have been described as perfect for flying.

The fire service said it had 32 crew members and three officers at the airport, along with eight appliances.

The plane is believed to be a Piper Cherokee based at Blackpool.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a preliminary inspection has been launched after the incident was referred to them.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing said: “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.