Pilot's 'miracle' escape after plane crashes upon take-off near Swansea Airport

Pilot's 'miracle' escape after plane crashes upon take-off near Swansea AirportA similar crash happened next to Swansea Airport in February: PA

A pilot has escaped unharmed from a light aircraft crash near Swansea Airport.

The two-seater plane came down just moments after take-off from the Gower airfield, and the 51-year-old pilot managed to escape before the aircraft burst into flames.

Paramedics from the Wales Air Ambulance Service were on the scene within minutes, and fire crew from Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service arrived to put out the wreckage.

Swansea Airport control tower confirmed a light aircraft had come down just outside the perimeter of the airfield.

A spokesman for South Wales Police said the alarm had been raised just after 1pm, telling This Is South Wales: "Police were called to Swansea Airport following reports of a light aircraft crashing shortly after taking off.

"On board was a 51-year-old male pilot who escaped with only minor injuries. The aircraft was later engulfed in flames.

"The matter is now being dealt with by the Air Accident Investigation Branch."

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