Evacuation over fears that crashed light aircraft in Welwyn Garden City could explode

RESIDENTS living close to Panshanger airfield had to be evacuated amid fears a crashed plane could explode.

The crash, in which a light aircraft had overshot the runway, happened on Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters were called just before 4pm and were on the scene for more than an hour making the area safe as fuel leaked from the stricken aeroplane.

Fire crews from Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield and Welwyn were sent to the scene.

A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “One light aircraft had overshot the runway.

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“No persons were trapped or injured.

“Fuel was leaking from the plane so the surrounding area was evacuated by the police.

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“Our crews assisted the airstrip staff to right the plane and stood by with foam in case the fuel ignited.

“By 5pm we had the plane back in a safe position.”

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