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Plane crashes on dual carriageway bringing busy road to a halt

Plane crashes on dual carriageway bringing busy A40 to a halt as eyewitnesses report loud explosion and massive plume of smoke in sky

  • The A40 between Abergavenny and Raglan is closed following the incident
  • Police have told people to avoid the area and are turning traffic away
  • Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing smoke around 11 am 

A light aircraft has crashed onto a dual carriageway in south Wales, sending smoke billowing into the air, according to reports. 

Pictures show lines of traffic halted on the road as stunned spectators are dwarfed by the huge, dark plumes. 

The A40 between Abergavenny –  a market town and community in Monmouthshire –  and Raglan is closed following the incident, and police have told people to avoid the area. 

Pictures show lines of traffic halted on the road as stunned spectators are dwarfed by the huge, dark plumes

Witnesses reported hearing a loud explosion and seeing thick smoke in the area at around 11 am.

Louise Hodges wrote on Facebook: ‘We were watching a glider flying over, must have been just before this happened.

‘The front of the plane looked black and at an odd angle. We wondered if there was something wrong.’

One person who lives across the valley from the scene tweeted a picture of the smoky skyline and said that there is a private landing strip nearby

One person who lives across the valley from the scene tweeted a picture of the smoky skyline and said that there is a private landing strip nearby

Another woman, Kelly Hale, said on Facebook that she saw a man pulling people out of the wreckage of the aircraft, branding him ‘a hero’.   

‘They’re safe and the guy is a hero. But the plane is still burning and the road is closed,’ she said. 

Another woman wrote that ‘everyone survived, but serious burns. Missed every car on the road.’

One person who lives across the valley from the scene tweeted a picture of the smoky skyline and said that there is a private landing strip nearby. 

Abergavenny Airfield is situated near the road.

There are currently no reports of any injuries, with witnesses saying the plane’s occupants are OK.

Trains have also been affected as a result of the crash, with National Rail saying that services between Hereford and Newport will be delayed. 

Gwent Police didn’t confirm details of the reported crash but tweeted to say there was a ‘police incident’ on the same road.  

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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