Light aircraft in dual carriageway crash was registered in the island
GUERNSEY authorities are helping an investigation launched after a light aircraft crashed and burst into flames on a Welsh dual carriageway.
The plane was registered locally.
All three occupants were taken to hospital with minor injuries and no further casualties have been reported
The Cirrus SR22T, registration 2-RORO, came down on Sunday near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, South Wales.
The accident involving a Cirrus SR22T aircraft, registration 2-RORO, occurred after the aircraft allegedly collided with power cables between Raglan and Abergavenny.
Speaking to the BBC, motorist Joel Snarr said he was travelling along the A40 and saw a light aircraft come out of nowhere and hit the central reservation before it burst into smoke and some flames.
‘It was a miracle no one else was on the road at the time.’
Sprinting towards the plane he said he saw another man trying to kick one of the windows out of the aircraft, which is when he realised there were still people inside.
‘A young lad had managed to crawl out through the broken window, as I got there a young woman was crawling out of the window,’ he said.
‘I grabbed her by the belt buckle and just dragged her clear. The pilot put his hands out – grabbed both of them – pulled him out clear of the plane.’
Moving the three people away from the aircraft to wait for the emergency services, he said the parachute and extinguishers then ‘popped off’ due to being pressurised, and the rest of fuel in the aircraft caught fire.
Daniel Nicholson, who was the first on scene and carried out the rescue with Mr Snarr, told the BBC the aircraft was upside down and that the trapped passengers were screaming because of the fire.
He said that the young girl and boy he helped rescue were both around 19 or 20 years old and ‘terrified’ as a result of their experience.
Gwent Police said that officers were called at approximately 11am after the aircraft was reported to have made an unscheduled landing in the area, colliding with overhead wiring.
‘Fellow emergency services and Western Power also attended the scene to help deal with the incident.
‘Three occupants of the light aircraft were treated by paramedics at the scene. Their injuries are not life-threatening.’
The aircraft has been registered in Guernsey since 1 August 2018 by Transport Safety Resolutions Ltd.
The UK AAIB has begun an investigation.
The Director of Civil Aviation has an agreement in place with the UK AAIB for it to assist on its behalf in the investigation.
SGI Guernsey Ltd (2-reg), the local aircraft registry, said: ‘The DCA and SGI Guernsey (2-REG) are collecting data and maintaining contact with the UK AAIB as information becomes available.
‘The investigation by the UK AAIB remains ongoing, as we continue to work towards a full understanding of all aspects of this accident.’
Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, details of the aircraft’s operational purpose and confirmed route remain undisclosed.
Transport Safety Resolutions Ltd registered to an address in Dingle, County Kerry.
Tracking website flightradar24 shows the plane frequently flew to and from Kerry.
It was last listed as visiting Guernsey on 22 January.