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A man in his 50s has been confirmed dead after his light aircraft plummeted from the sky and crashed.

An entire airfield and the surrounding businesses were shut after the single engine aircraft plummeted from the sky this morning at Shobdon Airfield, near Leominster in Herefordshire.

West Mercia Police tweeted confirming that the man, the only person on board, had succumbed to his injuries in the incident that only involved his aircraft.

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The force said: "A man in his 50s has been confirmed dead following the light aircraft crash at Shobdon Airfield, Leominster, Herefordshire today.

"No one else was on board, there were no other injuries and no other aircraft was involved. The AAIB will investigate the causes of the crash."

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.07am after reports that the fixed wing craft went down.

West Mercia Police said earlier today: "A single engine, fixed wing light aircraft came down at 10.30am today at Shobdon Airfield, Leominster, Herefordshire.

"Emergency services, including police, air ambulance & fire and rescue are attending. The incident is contained and there is no danger to the wider public."

A sign fixed to a gate at the entrance to the site said that "due to unforeseen circumstances" the airfield was closed temporarily.

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One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the air ambulance attended, according to reports.

Located near the border between England and Wales, Shobdon Airfield is the only licensed airfield in Herefordshire, according to its website.

It has been the home of Herefordshire Aero Club since 1961 and has been in operation since 1941.

After the crash the entire airfield at Shobdon was closed, including the cafe and surrounding businesses.

The site has a cafe, training school and camping area which are indefinitely off limits to the public.

The site usually plays host to a range of fixed wing aircraft, microlights, gliders and helicopters.

During World War II instructors and pilots were trained at Shobdon.


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