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Economy Minister welcomes Airbus order

The Economy Minister, Edwina Hart AM, has welcomed the news that AirAsia has made an order with Airbus for 25 more A330-300s. The wings will be made at Airbus' Broughton plant in North Wales, which employs 6,000 people.

This is great news for Airbus and another feather in the cap for the highly skilled team at Broughton.

Airbus makes a massive contribution to the Welsh economy financially, as well in terms of employment, skills development, apprenticeships and supply chain opportunities.

I congratulate the company on winning yet another significant contract that in turn helps the long term sustainability of its operation in Wales.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

Airbus order a 'significant boost' to Welsh Economy

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The wings will be made at the Airbus Broughton plant in North Wales Credit: PA

AirAsia has ordered 25 additional A330-300s Airbus aircrafts, providing a major boost to Wales' aerospace industry.

The Airbus contract with AirAsia announced in Paris today is the largest A330 order received by Airbus in a single purchase agreement.

The wings will be made at Airbus' Broughton plant in North Wales, which employs 6,000 people.

Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, said the order "further cements" the crucial role Wales plays in the aerospace industry.

Mr Jones said: "These deals play a significant part in boosting the Welsh economy and are a real validation of the skills, talents and capabilities of our workforce here in Wales."

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Inquest opens into deaths of light aircraft couple

Kaye Clark and Gary Vickers Credit: Gordon Vickers

An inquest has opened into the deaths of a couple killed when a light aircraft crashed at Hawarden Airport last Friday.

At a brief hearing in Ruthin, North East Wales coroner John Gittins formally opened the inquests into the deaths of Gary Anthony Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 43, both of Dingle Bank, Chester.

The provisional cause of death in Mr Vickers’s case was head and chest injuries, while Miss Clarke, who was a passenger in the plane, died later at the Countess of Chester Hospital of shock and haemorrhage.

Adjourning the inquests to a date to be fixed, the coroner said that investigations into the tragedy were expected to be extensive.

Father's tribute to son killed in plane crash

Kaye Clark and Gary Vickers
Kaye Clark and Gary Vickers Credit: Gordon Vickers

The father of Gary Vickers who was killed in a plane crash on Friday in Broughton has paid tribute to him.

Gordon Vickers said: "The accident with my Son Gary has been a great loss. We extend our condolences to Kaye's family.

"We would like to thank everybody who has sent their condolences.

"Gary was flying from Paris to Hawarden with his partner Kay Clarke when the accident happened.

"He was without doubt a very accomplished Pilot. Very meticulous in his approach to Flying. We both started flying about 15 years ago."

Mr Vickers said flying was his son's passion, adding: "Sadly there is always a risk. It is very sad that two lives have ended this way. We would like to thank the emergency services at Hawarden for their prompt attendance."

£30bn Airbus order secures Broughton jobs

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Emirates and Etihad Airways have ordered 50 new A350 planes and 36 A320neos Credit: Airbus

Thousands of workers at the Airbus site in Broughton in North Wales have been given job security after the plane manufacturer secured deals worth more than £30 billion at the Dubai airshow.

The Dubai airline Emirates has ordered 50 Airbus A380 superjumbos and UAE airline, Etihad Airways want 50 A350 planes as well as 36 A320neos. The Broughton site produce the wings for all the aircraft.

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Police and Air Accident Branch 'investigating crash'

North Wales Police say they are working with the Air Accident Investigation Branch to establish what caused a fatal plane crash at Broughton this afternoon.

The AAIB will lead the investigation.

North Wales Police are currently not in a position to identify the man and the woman who died.

The Coroner has been informed.

There are no further details available at this time.

– North Wales Police statement

South Broughton Councillor: Plane crash 'devastating'

A South Broughton Councillor has described news of today's plane crash as 'devastating'.

I feel for the families that have lost their loved ones. It's going to be devastating for them. That's all I can say.

– Councillor Mike Lowe

A man and woman died in the crash at Hawarden Airport. North Wales Police say they were the only two people on board.

Councillor: Broughton plane crash 'sad and unusual'

Flintshire Councillor Derek Butler has paid his condolences after two people died in a plane crash in Broughton.

All I can say is that it's a very unusual occurrence. There was another crash up the hill about 10 years ago, but that only caused injury. I can't remember another and I've been here 45 years. It's very sad.

– Cllr Derek Butler
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