Thursday, January 21, 2016

Cirrus SR20, G-GCDC: Accident occurred January 20, 2016 at Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, Swansea, UK

An airplane has crashed while attempting to land at Swansea Airport.

The incident is believed to have taken place between 3pm and 4pm yesterday.

Witnesses said that the privately-owned Cirrus SR20 had been coming in to land at the airport, when its pilot lost control and it ran off the apron, crashing into a stationary plane.

It is believed three people were on board the plane, but all were uninjured.

The Cirrus SR20, which is around 26 feet long, with a wingspan of around 38 feet, came to a stop crashing into one of the aircraft of the Cambrian Flying Club - a fully-licensed flying school based at Swansea Airport.

Cambrian Flying Club's operations manager Derek Clyne said he believed the damage to the Cirrus SR20 to be "quite extensive".

"It was a landing accident, a privately-owned airplane landed and the pilot lost control just as it touched down," said Mr. Clyne.

"It veered off across the apron and stopped by banging into one of our planes.

"There were three people on board and they were fine, which in incidents like this, that's what we care about."

The Cambrian Flying Club's Piper Tomahawk received very little in the way of damage as a result of the crash.

"We have six airplanes so it's no problem," said Mr. Clyne.

"The plane is still flyable, we have had an engineer out who said it's still fine to fly."

The Evening Post contacted the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in relation to the incident.

An AAIB spokesman said: "The AAIB is investigating the incident by correspondence."

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