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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.


Airbus: Broughton crash 'involved private plane'

Airbus has confirmed an incident has taken place at its airport, but said it involved a private plane and not one belonging to the company.

A spokesperson added Airbus did not have information relating to the two people who died in the crash.

North Wales Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash and an Air Accident Investigation team is expected to arrive today.

Man and woman confirmed dead in Broughton air crash

A man and a woman have died after a light aircraft crashed near the runway at Airbus UK Broughton, North Wales Police have confirmed.

Police were informed of the incident involving a twin engine light aircraft at 1.07pm today. Police, Ambulance and the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service attended.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where she later died.

Police are currently at the scene and the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) has been informed. A full investigation will be undertaken to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

There are no further details available at this time.

– North Wales Police statement

Picture: 'Small plane crash' at Hawarden Airport

Twitter user @biffbithell tweeted this picture, saying 'Light aircraft crash at Hawarden Airport' Credit: Twitter / @biffbithell

Pictures are beginning to emerge on social networking sites following reports of a small aircraft crash at Hawarden Airport.

North Wales Fire crews have confirmed they are in attendance at the airport and are standing by.


Airbus celebrates milestone

Airbus employs thousands at Broughton. Credit: Airbus

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th A330 with wings made at its Broughton factory in Flintshire.

The aircraft, an A330-300 powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines, was handed over to Cathay Pacific Airways at a ceremony in Toulouse.

Cathay Pacific and its sister airline Dragonair is the world’s largest operator of the A330, with 56 in service.

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