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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 August 2005, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Plane crash-lands in city street
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An aeroplane has crash-landed in a street on the outskirts of Cardiff.

South Wales Police said the twin-seater Cessna 150 light aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Wentloog Road, St Mellons, on Saturday afternoon.

Two men were on board, but neither is thought to have been seriously injured. Emergency crews were called to the scene shortly after 1230 BST. The road was closed as a precaution as fuel had leaked from the damaged aircraft.

Licensed radio ham Alan Kingdom, who lives a mile away in Cathcob Close, St Mellons, saw the plane flying low overhead and then picked up the distress signal on his radio scanning equipment.

"I saw it flying quite low, and wondered what it was doing," he said.

"Then the voice of the pilot came up on the Civil Aviation Authority distress frequency, saying they were landing on the Wentloog coast road, and that was it.

"They must have been really lucky. Those aircraft carry about eight litres of fuel and it's pretty volatile fuel, so anything could have happened."

A spokesman for the South and East Wales Ambulance Service said both the pilot and his passenger walked away from the scene, and did not require medical treatment.

It is understood that the plane had taken off from Cardiff International Airport earlier in the day.

The aircraft was recovered from the scene by 1600 BST. An investigation into the cause of the crash is being carried out.

A spokeswoman for Air Traffic Control, which monitors air travel in the UK, said a May Day call was received from the pilot minutes before the aircraft came down.

"The pilot sent out a May Day signal around 1230 BST, saying there were engine problems and that they were 20 miles north east of Cardiff," she said.





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