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Light aircraft crashes in snow

A light aircraft has crashed in the snowy weather in the Brecon Beacons, the pilot has escaped with minor injuries.

The Piper twin-seater plane was hit by engine trouble and crashed close to the summit of Penyfan shortly after mid-day.

Eye-witnesses said the aircraft ended up upside-down on the mountainside with a small amount of wreckage strewn nearby.

The pilot, who was flying solo, climbed out and managed to walk down to a nearby road whereb the alarm was raised.

He was taken to hospital by ambulance after the incident at 11:45GMT this morning and is expected to be released later.

Dyfed Powys Police are investigating the crash and a report is expected to go to the Civil Aviation Authority.

A spokeswoman said: “At approximately 11:45 this morning a report was received that a light aircraft had come down in Penyfan in the Brecon Beacons – near an area known as Windy Ridge.

“The only person in the aircraft was the pilot. He was not seriously injured but has been conveyed to Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

“Air Accident Investigators will now investigate the circumstances.”


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