Probe into air crash ‘could take months’

A helicopter above the crash scene (below) at Caernarfon Airport.
A helicopter above the crash scene (below) at Caernarfon Airport.
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The Lancashire man killed when a plane from Blackpool crashed in Wales has been named.

Iain Nuttall, 37, died when the light aircraft he was a passenger in crashed on landing at Caernarfon Airport on Sunday.

The crash scene at Caernarfon Airport.

The crash scene at Caernarfon Airport.

Mr Nuttall, from Blackburn, was one of three people, all from the same family, travelling in the Piper Cherokee, rented from Fly Blackpool.

Fly Blackpool CEO Robert Murgatroyd said while everything is done to prevent aviation accidents they would sadly always be possible.

He said: “Our condolences to the family and our prayers go out to the deceased.

“It’s a sad, sad day for aviation, we do everything we can to prevent these accidents but as long as there’s human input behind machines there will continue to be accidents.

A post-mortem is due to be carried out tomorrow.

North Wales Police has said it is not in a position to name the five-year-old boy or the 61-year-old man who were airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital after the crash.

The young boy sustained head and abdominal injuries and was yesterday in a “serious” condition.

The 61-year-old man remained in a critical condition in a specialist unit with “serious multiple lower limb injuries”.

It is thought the aircraft, a type described by Blackpool-based private pilots as “stable” and “immaculate”, clipped a row of trees as it approached the westerly runway of the airport shortly before 11.30am.

The plane had taken off from Blackpool Airport where it was due to return.

North Wales Police are working with the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) to establish what caused the plane to crash.

The RAF will recover the wreckage, which will be taken to Farnborough, where a detailed investigation will be conducted.

A spokesman for the AAIB said: “The AAIB are investigating the incident and a report will be published in due course. This process can take several months.”

Investigators are today visiting Fly Blackpool, based at the airport off Squires Gate Lane, to collect aircraft logbooks.

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