Caernarfon plane crash leaves one person dead and two critically ill

  • 19 May 2013
  • From the section Wales
The light aircraft wreckage
Image caption The fire service said the light aircraft flipped over on the runway

A man has died and two other people are critically ill after a light aircraft crashed at Caernarfon Airport in Gwynedd, police have confirmed.

A man in his 60s suffered "serious multiple lower limb injuries" and a boy had head and abdomen injuries following the incident shortly before 11:30 BST on Sunday, the ambulance service said.

Fire crews cut another man from the wreckage, pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the three people on board were from a family in Lancashire.

The aircraft reportedly crashed and flipped on its approach to the runway at the airfield in Dinas Dinlle.

The two casualties were taken to hospital at Ysbyty Gwynedd, Bangor. Their condition has been described as critical.

The incident has been referred to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

An AAIB spokesman said: "We are aware of the incident and have dispatched a team to carry out a preliminary inspection."

North Wales Police said family liaison officers are currently supporting the family.

Ch Insp 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.

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

Image caption All emergency services were at the scene, including the air ambulance

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