Emergency landing in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 10:29 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:37 01 February 2016

Panshanger campaigners Will Davis and  Jerry Larke at the gates of the Panshanger Aerodrome site

Panshanger campaigners Will Davis and Jerry Larke at the gates of the Panshanger Aerodrome site

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A light aircraft made an emergency landing at Panshanger's former airfield on Saturday, more than 15 months after it officially stopped operating.

A pilot who trained at the  North London Flying School when it operated the airfield was forced to land there because his Cessna C150 suffered a complete electrical failure, filling the cockpit with smoke.

Landowner Mariposa, which ended the club’s lease in September 2014, has suggested the Welwyn Garden City site for housing, although aviation enthusiasts have not given up hope of restoring an airfield on the site.

A spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority told the Welwyn Hatfield Times there would be no obligation to report the landing unless it involved injury or damage.

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