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Plane Hits Flock Of Birds, Flipped Upside Down For Emergency Landing In Swansea

16/03/2014 12:16 GMT | Updated 16/03/2014 12:59 GMT
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ABERYSTWYTH, WALES - OCTOBER 08: Police block the road as a prison van believed to contain Mark Bridger, who has been charged with the murder of April Jones, leaves Aberystwyth police station on October 8, 2012 in Aberystwyth, Wales. Five-year-old April Jones was abducted from outside her house last week in Machynlleth, Wales and Bridger was arrested last Tuesday, the day after she went missing and has been charged with her murder, abduction and perverting the course of justice. Police continue their search for the young girl. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

A pilot has escaped serious injury after making an emergency landing when his plane hit a flock of birds.

The pilot, who has not been named, suffered only concussion in the incident, which occurred this morning in Swansea, south Wales.

Police said the accident happened as the plane attempted to land at a private airstrip at Grovesend at around 7am.

As the pilot performed the manoeuvre the plane was hit by a flock of birds, causing him to make an emergency landing where the aircraft flipped upside down, causing substantial damage.

"The pilot managed to egress from the aircraft and was conveyed to Morriston Hospital having sustained only minor concussion," a South Wales Police spokesman said.

"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed and is furthering the investigation."