Man Dies Following Piper Cherokee Crash At Caernarfon Airport

Police And AAIB Investigate Air Accident In Gwynedd

20.05.2013

By Rob Dixon

North Wales Police are continuing with their investigations into a plane crash at Caernarfon Airport yesterday (May 20th) which led to the death of one man and left two others, including a boy, in a critical condition.

The force has revealed that emergency services were called to the scene following reports that a light aircraft – later confirmed to have been a Piper Cherokee – had come down while on its approach to the airport in Gwynedd.

One man was confirmed dead at the scene while the other casualties were taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd for treatment. Family Liaison Officers are currently supporting the family.

Police have referred the incident to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) and have called for anyone with information in relation to the crash to come forward.

Irwin Mitchell’s Aviation Law team specialise in representing victims who have been injured in air accidents in the UK and abroad, as well as the families of those who have suffered fatal injuries in such incidents.

Former RAF pilot Jim Morris, who is a Partner in the team of experts at Irwin Mitchell, said: “The reports of this terrible tragedy have raised many questions in relation to the incident, which police and the AAIB will now be working to determine the answers to. 

“The cause or causes of the accident will not be known until the factual circumstances have been established by the AAIB.  To do this, the AAIB will consider all aspects of the flight, including the accuracy of witness reports that the aircraft clipped trees on approach, the actions of the pilot, whether there was any technical or mechanical fault with the aircraft and the weather conditions at the time.

“It is to be hoped that the determination of the facts and the publication of a preliminary report can be achieved quickly so that lessons can be learned and flight safety improved.  This is crucial information to minimise the risk of a similar tragedy happening again.” 

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