One person has died after microlight crashes at Royal Birkdale in Southport

The aircraft came down at Royal Birkdale in Southport on Thursday evening.

A person has been confirmed dead after a fiery microlight crash at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport.

The person, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, Merseyside Police said.

The aircraft crashed on the Open Championship golf course at around 7pm on Thursday.

Emergency services rushed the scene and screens were erected around the crash site.

The force said: “We can confirm following a microlight aircraft crash at the Royal Birkdale Golf Course a person was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“We are still establishing the facts and the identity of the person and enquiries are ongoing.”

Four police cars and two fire engines were at the scene last night.

Merseyside Police said at the time: “Merseyside Fire and Rescue are at the scene extinguishing the fire caused when the aircraft hit the ground.

“Ambulance crew are also in attendance.

“Road closures are in place on the Coastal Road including Shore Road and Weld Road, and we advise motorists to avoid the area.”

Royal Birkdale is one of 14 venues around the country that host the world-famous Open Championship golf tournament.

Established in 1889, the club last held the Open in 2017.

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