Pilot dead after light aircraft crashes at UK airfield

Emergency services say the plane came down at Shobdon Airfield just after 10.05am on Friday

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A pilot has died after his light aircraft crashed at an airfield.

The man, in his 50s, was confirmed dead at the scene at Shobdon Airfield near Leominster, Herefordshire, at 10.07am on Friday, West Mercia Police said.

The pilot was still in the plane when emergency services got to the scene but it was quickly apparent nothing could be done for the casualty, according to West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).

Nobody else was injured and no one else was on board the fixed-wing aircraft.

Shobdon Airfield
Shobdon Airfield

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “No other aircraft was involved. The AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) will investigate the causes of the crash.”

An air ambulance and paramedics were sent to the scene, shortly after the alarm was raised.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a fixed-wing light aircraft that had come down at the airfield.

“There was one male patient still within the aircraft.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”