Pilot escapes Brecon Beacons air crash

Crashed plane near summit of Pen y Fan
Image caption The plane came down in an area known as Windy Ridge near Pen y Fan summit

The pilot of a light aircraft has managed to walk away from the wreckage of his plane after it crashed in the Brecon Beacons.

The twin-seat Piper plane came down close to the summit of Pen y Fan as snow swept across much of Wales.

The aircraft was left upside down, but its pilot managed to walk to a nearby road and raised the alarm.

He is being treated for minor injuries at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Dyfed-Powys Police said they were undertaking an investigation into the crash, with a report being prepared for the Civil Aviation Authority.

The incident happened at about 1145 GMT on Friday in an area known as Windy Ridge.

Hill walker Sue Newlands said: "We could hear the engine of a small plane which seemed to be circling and getting lower.

'Very lucky'

"From the sound it was making we thought it was in trouble.

"As we carried on walking we saw the plane wreckage and other people at the scene said the pilot had got out alive.

Image caption Pen y Fan is the highest peak in south Wales

"He was very lucky because the plane came down on the side of the mountain."

It is understood that the plane is registered to a businessman in Bridgend, and it is believed to have taken off from Cardiff airport on a solo pleasure flight early on Friday morning.

A police spokesperson added: "At approximately 1145 GMT this morning a report was received that a light aircraft had come down in Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons .

"The only person in the aircraft was the pilot. He was not seriously injured but has been conveyed to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

"Air accident investigators will now investigate the circumstances."

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