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A40 plane crash survivor: We were so lucky to get out

Escape:
Jack Moore was
on his way to the 
match with
sister Billie
Manley and
pilot uncle
Stuart
Moore (below) PICTURES: ATHENA

ONE of the survivors of the A40 plane crash has thanked the two heroes who pulled them to safety and declared: ‘We are very lucky, lucky people.’

Football fan Jack Moore, 19, was in the aircraft with sister Billie Manley, 16, and their pilot uncle Stuart Moore when disaster struck as they travelled to Old Trafford on Sunday.

They were rescued by drivers Joel Snarr, 35, and Daniel Nicholson, 46, who ran from their vehicles and kicked in the burning plane’s windows before dragging them clear. The trio were treated at the scene.

Yesterday, Jack wrote on Facebook: ‘Absolutely unbelievable that me and my family have walked away from this, just want to say thank you to the passers-by that helped us at the scene and also the emergency services. Thanks everyone for the messages, really appreciate it, not quite up to replying to everyone at the moment we are very lucky, lucky people.’

Mr Moore took off from Abergavenny Airfield in Monmouthshire, shortly before 11am, as the group headed to watch Manchester United play Cardiff City in the last match of the season.

His light aircraft hit power cables soon after it took off and he was forced to attempt an emergency landing on the busy A40 dual carriageway.

No cars were hit as the plane crashed down and caught fire — and the three occupants got free seconds before the flames engulfed it.

Witness Harrison Francis-Fletcher, 18, who lives yards from the scene, said the plane had been reduced to a pile of ‘melted metal’. ‘The wooden post holding the power lines was broken in half,’ he said.

‘The plane was crushed up. The only way you could tell it’s a plane is the two wheels sticking out of it.’