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Plane crash lands after hitting a flock of birds

By Amy_Downward  |  Posted: March 17, 2014

  • A pilot was taken to Morriston Hospital after his plane crash landed at Grovesend near Gorseinon. Pictured is the downed aircraft.

  • A pilot has been taken to Morriston Hospital after a plane crash lands

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A pilot flying a light aircraft was forced to crash land his plane 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 near Gorseinon.

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.

They said he managed to exit the plane himself and then called the police on Sunday shortly after 7am.

Inspector Andy Walbeoff of South Wales Police said the pilot had collided with a flock of birds after taking off.

He said: "The pilot made an emergency landing on his own private airstrip at Grovesend after hitting a flock of birds.

"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.

Fire crews also attended the scene to 'make it safe'.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed of the incident and South Wales Police have said they have handed the case over to them.

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