Swansea light aircraft crash lands after bird strike

Swansea light aircraft crash lands after bird strike

Nov 23, 2014 News by Gary Searing

BBC News South West Wales

A light aircraft pilot has been forced to crash land near Swansea after hitting a flock of birds. The pilot, who was alone in the plane, suffered slight concussion when the aircraft flipped over during the emergency landing at Grovesend. South Wales Police said the man was a local farmer and took off and landed at his own airstrip, and had been taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

The alarm was raised on Sunday shortly after 0700 GMT. The Air Accident Investigation Branch is being informed of the incident.

Insp Andy Walbeoff of South Wales Police said the pilot had collided with a flock of birds after taking off. "He had to make an emergency landing on his own private airstrip at Grovesend," he said. "On landing the aircraft flipped upside down. The pilot managed to exit the aircraft with only minor injuries and he went to hospital suffering from slight concussion."

Insp Walbreoff said the pilot had intended on taking a leisure flight around the Gower. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service sent two fire engines from Gorseinon and Pontarddulais to the scene.