Pilot dies after crashing his microlight near St Albans

Chiswell Green Lane, Chiswell Green. Photo: Krishan Bhungar.

Chiswell Green Lane, Chiswell Green. Photo: Krishan Bhungar. - Credit: Archant

A microlight pilot has died after crashing his craft near Chiswell Green on Saturday.

East of England Ambulance Service was called at 12.29pm to a crash near Chiswell Green Lane.

A rapid response vehicle, a unit from the hazardous area response team, and the air ambulance were dispatched.

Herts police were called by the ambulance service to the scene.

It is believed the microlight crashed right after takeoff. The pilot was the only person on board.

A spokesperson for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “The Air Accidents Investigation Branch was notified of the accident at around lunchtime on Saturday and accident investigators were on site later the same day to examine the wreckage of the aircraft and to commence a field investigation looking at all aspects of the aircraft’s operation.

“This week, we expect to recover the aircraft wreckage to our facility at Farnborough for more detailed examination.

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“The AAIB investigation will take some time and an accident report will be released in due course.”