Pilot killed as plane crashes at Caernarfon airport in North Wales

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A pilot has died after a light aircraft crashed at an airport in North Wales, police confirmed.

Emergency services rushed to Caernarfon Airport just after 6.30pm on Wednesday evening to reports of a “major incident”.

A spokesman for North Wales Police later confirmed that a plane had crashed on the runway leaving one person dead.

Witnesses described the moment the plane “bounced” off the ground and “exploded into a massive fireball”.

Dogwalker Mark Hancock, a guest at the nearby Morfa Lodge Holiday Park, told the Daily Post he had seen what appeared to be a twin-engined plane crash. 

He said: “The first thing I noticed was that the plane had no landing gear on. Then I realised it was going too fast.

“It came in and hit the tarmac and loads of debris came off it, it was a sort of belly flop and it bounced up. 

“It had caught fire straight away. When it hit the ground again, it exploded in a massive fireball.”

The airstrip is used for training flights and by the Wales Air Ambulance along with HM Coastguard helicopters operated by Bristow, according to its website.

North Wales Police wrote on Twitter: “Officers are currently dealing with an incident at Caernarfon Airport with colleagues from Ambulance & Fire. More details as we get it.”

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