Three people in a light aircraft that crash-landed on to a dual carriageway in Wales have escaped without serious injury.
Daniel Nicholson, who was driving home when the plane “came out of nowhere” and crashed into barriers on the A40, said he and another man helped pull the three – a father and his two older children – out of the wreckage.
He told Sky News: “The plane went down and burst into flames. I ran over to the plane and they were screaming but they were stuck.”
The 46-year-old business manager, from Abergavenny, said he put his foot through one of the aircraft’s windows and freed a boy and girl.
Mr Nicholson said another man came to assist him and helped free the father who was flying the plane.
“I just went towards the plane, it was a total panic,” he said. “It was quite frightening.”
Minutes after the passengers and pilot were taken away from the plane, the aircraft “blew up”, said Mr Nicholson, who managed to film the burning wreckage after the rescue.
Police said the aircraft’s occupants were treated at the scene and that their injuries were not life-threatening.
The three occupants were later taken to hospital as a precaution.
In a statement, officers said: “We are currently at the scene of an incident involving a light aircraft close to the A40 between Raglan and Abergavenny.
“Officers were called at approximately 11am this morning, after the aircraft was reported to have made an unscheduled landing in the area, colliding with overhead wiring.”
They added: “The A40 remains closed between the Hardwick roundabout and Raglan. Please avoid the area if possible and find alternative routes for your journey.”
A Twitter user, posting a photo of smoke rising up into the air from the dual carriageway, had earlier said that a “plane has crashed on the A40 south of Abergavenny” and that there was “a private landing strip nearby”.
Jo Pocock, who took a photograph of the smoke rising into the air from the road itself, said the plane had “missed every car on the road” before crashing.
Her picture showed cars stationary on the road and drivers standing outside their vehicles, looking on at the thick plumes of black smoke.
Others on the Abergavenny Voice Facebook group reported seeing the plane flying low and hearing its engine cutting out before it crashed.
National Rail also reported delays to services in the area “due to an obstruction on the track between Pontypool & New Inn and Abergavenny”.
It is unclear whether it is connected to the incident.