One man dies in light aircraft crash at Pontarddulais

One man has died and a second is in hospital after a light aircraft crash landed in a field near Swansea.

There are reports the two-seater plane flipped over on landing near Gwenlais Road, Grovesend, close to Pontarddulais, at about 1340 GMT.

Police, firefighters, paramedics and air ambulance were called to the scene.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the Department for Transport has been informed and is due to attend the scene.

The injured man was taken to Swansea's Morriston Hospital by air ambulance.

Power line

Mid and West Wales Ambulance Service said paramedics were alerted amid reports the plane had "flipped over".

Medical officer Richard Lake, from Loughor Inshore Lifeboat Rescue team, said the plane hit a power line and narrowly missed a house.

Mr Lake, 36, said: "We were told there had been a crash close to the Loughor Estuary.

"Thanks to Swansea Coastguards' specialist knowledge we were able to find the accident site very quickly.

"On arrival we saw that the plane had landed on its roof, after hitting a power line and narrowly missing a house."

The fire service said three crews attended.

Villagers in nearby Pontlliw reported a power cut shortly around the time of the plane crash.

Western Power Distribution staff were called to the crash site before going to work on cables near a farm in Pontlliw.

'Major catastrophe'

David Beynon, a councillor of Pontarddulais Town Council, said it was lucky that more people were not hurt.

He said: "The crash site is very close to the M4 as well as near to Pontarddulais Garden Centre.

"The garden centre is usually very busy around that time on a Sunday, so the incident could have been a major catastrophe."

A spokesperson for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said investigators based at Farnborough would conduct inquiries at the crash scene.

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