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Police confirm aircraft 'collided with cliff face' at Bradda Head

No details of pilot's identity released 

Police have confirmed a light aircraft ‘collided with the cliff face’ at Bradda Head in Port Erin today (17 July).

One person was onboard at the time of the crash - officers say no details about the pilot’s identity will be released at this time.

The Isle of Man Constabulary is working with aviation crash investigators following the collision which they say took place shortly after midday.

Data from Flightradar24 shows the Cessna 210 Centurion's final flight route after taking off from Ronaldsway.

Emergency services – including firefighters and the coastguard – have been working at the scene throughout the day and the area is now under a scene guard.

People are being asked to continue to avoid it – the water and airspace around the site is also closed to the public.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud bang and seeing black and grey smoke coming from near Milner's Tower; video footage of the smoke was shared widely on social media. 

The Isle of Man Civil Aviation Administration has now closed the airspace for drones and other light aircraft.

Flights in and out of Ronaldsway are not being affected.

Police say a further update will be provided tomorrow.

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