Light aircraft ‘with smoke coming from it’ forced into emergency landing on Swansea beach

A plane has crash landed on the beach next to the under-construction Swansea University second campus

BBC Wales
The light aircraft that crash landed on a beach in Swansea

A pilot and two passengers escaped unharmed this afternoon after their plane crash-landed on the beach next to Swansea University’s under-construction Bay Campus.

People working at the £200m campus off Swansea’s Fabian Way on the main eastern approach road to Swansea reported seeing “a light aircraft with smoke coming from it” go down in sand dunes next to the sprawling Swansea University second campus building site.

However, the pilot managed to land the plane safely.

It is understood the plane was being rented by a holidaymaker from North Yorkshire who is a hobby pilot.

The aircraft’s owner Derek Clyde, from Kidwelly, a member of the Cambrian flying club said the plane had suffered an engine leak.

He said: “It is just one of those things. There was an engine leak. I take my hat off to the pilot. He made a perfect landing.

“It was the only place he could land. I’m glad nobody was hurt. But now we’ve got the problem of moving this before high tide.”

BBC WalesThe light aircraft that crash landed on a beach in Swansea
The light aircraft that crash landed on a beach in Swansea

A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to Jersey Marine at around 4pm today following reports that a light aircraft had performed an emergency landing on the beach. Three people on board were uninjured.”

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service was also called to the scene and sent one crew from its Swansea station but a spokesman for the service said the officers were not needed at the scene and added at 6pm that the fire crew had left the scene.

Sourced from walesonline

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