Man and woman killed in plane crash near Airbus factory

CHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 28:  The aircraft wing production facilities at Broughton, North Wales, of troubled aircraft maker Airbus where workers are waiting for the announcement of up to 10,000 job losses at key operating sites across Europe on February 28, 2007, Broughton, Wales. Workers in France and Germany are set to take most of the cuts, although 1,500 job losses are expected at Airbus plants in Britain and 500 in Spain.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Two people have died near the Airbus UK factory in North Wales after their light aircraft crashed close to an airport runway.

A man and woman were in the small plane that crashed at Hawarden airfield.

According to the Daily Post, the man died at the scene and the woman was rushed to hospital but died from her injuries.

The man was identified as pilot Gary Vickers, from Chester, and the woman has not yet been named.

Speaking to the Western Mail, Gary's father Gordon said: "All the family are all devastated. Gary was an excellent pilot, both single and twin aircraft, hundreds of hours in his log book. He had just renewed his helicopter pilots licence."

Sky News reports that a police spokesman said: "Police are currently at the scene and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been informed. A full investigation will be undertaken to establish the full circumstances of the incident."

An Airbus spokesman said that the crash did not involve one of its aircrafts.

Hawarden airport is next to the Airbus factory and serves business and private flights.

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