Microlight pilot killed after crashing into electricity pylon


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A man has died after his “microlight” aircraft crashed into an electricity pylon in Staffordshire.

Efforts by the ambulance service, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance could not save the pilot of the two-seater plane.

No one else was involved in the tragedy in the Stourton area of Stourbridge just after 6pm on Sunday.

"Sadly the sole occupant of the microlight, the male pilot, was confirmed dead at the scene.... He has yet to be formally identified," Staffordshire Police said.

There was a power outage in the area and engineers were on site.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Advanced life support was carried out on the man who was piloting the microlight, but unfortunately despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene."

A microlight weighs around 265 kilos and is capable of flying at low speeds with two passengers.