A TEENAGER who was saved from a burning plane has thanked hero passers-by for pulling him and his family to safety.

Jack Moore, 19, was flying in the plane with sister Billie Manley, 16, and pilot uncle Stuart Moore when disaster struck after they took off from a privately owned airfield in Abergavenny.

The light aircraft is reported to have hit overhead power cables - and the plane burst into flames when it attempted an emergency landing on a busy road.

Frank Cavaciuti, of Abergavenny Airfield in South Wales, confirmed the flight took off from his runway before it burst into flames on the A40 in Monmouthshire - luckily missing any passing cars.

In a FB post, Mr Moore said: "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."


Passersby Joel Starr, 35, and Daniel Nicholson, 46, pulled the passengers from the "inferno."

Airfield operator Mr Cavaciuti praised the heroics of the pair.

"They deserve a real pat on the back," he added.

Witness Harrison Francis-Fletcher, 18, who lives yards from the scene, described the plane as a pile of "melted metal" left on the road.

He said: "The wooden post holding the power lines was broken in half.

"The plane was a pile of melted metal and left crushed up on the road.

"The only way you could tell it's a plane is the two wheels sticking out of it."

Gwent Police were called to the scene at 11am on Sunday as drivers were left stranded in the hard shoulder.

The road was later reopened.