Plane crash horror: One dead as aircraft plunges from sky – emergency services scrambled

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West Mercia Police remain on the scene, near Leominster, with the airfield currently closed. Firefighters and paramedics also attended, as did the Midlands air ambulance.

A call was received by West Midlands Ambulance Service at 10.07am.

A 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.”

West Mercia Police said: “A single engine, fixed wing light aircraft came down at 10.30am today at Shobdon Airfield, Leominster, Herefordshire.

“Emergency services, including police, air ambulance & fire and rescue are attending.”

“The incident is contained and there is no danger to the wider public.”

A spokeswoman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said: “An accident involving a light aircraft which occurred this morning at Shobdon Airfield, Herefordshire has been notified to the AAIB.

“An investigation has begun and a team of inspectors are on their way to the accident site to begin gathering evidence.”

A sign on the entrance to the airfield site said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the airfield is temporarily closed.

“Please keep gate closed.

“We apologised for any inconvenience.”

Meg’s at the Hotspur Cafe, located next to the airfield, is also reportedly closed.

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