Man killed in light aircraft cliff crash in Cornwall

Image caption The aircraft crashed into cliffs at Portreath

A man has died after a light aircraft crashed into cliffs in north Cornwall.

The aircraft left Perranporth Flying Club at about 16:10 BST and crashed near RAF Portreath a few minutes later, police said.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane, which was on fire when emergency services arrived.

A police spokesman said the pilot was believed to have been from the St Austell area. No-one else is believed to have been hurt in the crash.

A major rescue operation was launched involving a helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Falmouth Coastguards.

The crash is being investigated by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

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