Man Dead And One Injured Following Light Plane Crash

Expert Calls For Thorough Investigation

14.03.2011

Aviation law specialists at Irwin Mitchell hope for prompt identification of the causes of a light aircraft crash near Swansea, which led to the death of a man and left another injured.

The two-seater aircraft came down on farmland close to the M4 and a garden centre on Sunday afternoon (March 13th), hitting a power line as it made its way to the ground.

While the pilot was seriously injured and died at the scene, the passenger was picked up by air ambulance and taken to hospital nearby for treatment on injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Accident investigators have now started to make enquiries into the cause of the incident, with engine failure reported to be one line of enquiry which they are pursuing.

Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team has a wealth of experience of acting for families across the world who have lost loved ones in light aircraft crashes.

Jim Morris, a former RAF pilot and London-based partner in the team, said it was vital that as much information can be gathered on the incident as possible.

He explained: “To promote flight safety it is important that the air accident investigators are able to determine what caused the crash so that lessons can be learned and future similar crashes prevented.” 

“We have represented clients in relation to a number of light aircraft crashes across the globe and have seen the devastating impact that such incidents can have on families.”

“It is vital that any possible technological failures or faults are identified as soon as possible, so that other aircraft of this type can be checked to ensure that they will not suffer the same component failure.  This is particularly important in relation to the engine, as a failure in a single engine aircraft means a high probability of a crash landing involving death or serious injury.”