North West Wales

Caernarfon Airport microlight crash pilot named

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Media captionNorth Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the man was taken to hospital with serious injuries but later died

A man who died after his microlight plane crashed at a north Wales airport has been named as Ashley Hazelwood.

The 61-year-old from Rhyl, was taken to hospital after his aircraft came down on the runway at Caernarfon Airport at 18:00 BST on Thursday.

Despite swift action by emergency services, the pilot died from his injuries.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating on behalf of the coroner.

The AAIB said it had deployed a team to inspect the crash wreckage and would prepare a report in due course.

Following the crash, a spokesman at the Morfa Lodge caravan park next to the airport said he saw a fire engine, air ambulance and several police cars arrive at the airport.

It is four miles (6.4 km) south west of Caernarfon and has a 3,000ft main runway (937m). It is also a base for the Wales Air Ambulance service.

A North Wales Police spokesman said: "An investigation is underway by the Air Accident Investigation Bureau from Hampshire supported by North Wales Police, to establish the circumstances which resulted in a 61-year-old man from the Rhyl area, sustaining fatal injuries."

Witnesses are asked to call North Wales Police on 101.

The incident comes a year after another air crash at Caernarfon Airport in which a man died.

Iain Nuttall, 37, from Blackburn, Lancashire, was killed when the Piper Cherokee plane piloted by his father crashed on 19 May, 2013.

Mr Nuttall's five-year-old son and the pilot, 62, were seriously injured.

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Image caption The 61-year-old's aircraft came down on the runway at Caernarfon Airport at 18:00 BST on Thursday

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