.

Crash Pilot Was Harry's Instructor

One Direction's Harry Styles was a family friend of a pilot killed in Mid Wales plane crash.

Pop star Harry Styles' personal flying instructor has been killed in air crash over Mid Wales in the same plane flown by the One Direction singer.

Pilot Nick Jefferies, 54, died with another man on the day trip out from the home village of Styles' family when the plane plunged 500ft into a field at Cwmbach, near Builth Wells.

Dad-of-two Nick and friend Scott Penlington 25,, both of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, crashed down in the field in Mid Wales on Sunday afternoon.

Police and Air Accident Investigations Branch officers are conducting an enquiry into the double tragedy.

One Direction singer Harry, 22, is a close family friend of Nick after he once dated his daughter Emilie, also 22.

Harry was Emilie's date for their year 11 school prom in their hometown of Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, just months before he took part in X Factor and formed One Direction.

He remained friend's with Emilie - and her dad Nick took him on flying lessons in his single-engine two-seater Cosmik plane decked in the Union Flag colours.

The aircraft wrecked in a field in the Welsh countryside after crashing.

Farmer Steve Powell told how the small aircraft smashed into a field on his family's 80-acre farm - and feared the two men had "no chance" of survival.

Mr Powell said: "It is a terrible tragedy and we've never had anything like this before. Their aircraft appears to have fallen out of the sky into our field.

"The police are examining the wreckage but we don't know exactly what happened." 

Police and air accident investigators are probing the tragedy near a quiet village church in the Welsh countryside - but confirmed no other aircraft were involved.

Nick and Scott were pronounced dead after the crash just before midday on Sunday at the Powell 80-acre family farm called Fforddlas near Cwmbach, Builth Wells.

The men were dead at the scene in the field less than a mile from the nearby the St John the Divine church.

A spokesman for Dyfed Powys Police said: "The families of the men are being supported by specially-trained officers."

Flying fan Harry, who has also taken helicopter lessons in the US, was taken up in Nick's plane for an afternoon last summer.

He would have soared up in the sky at speeds of up to 100mph in the plane with experienced pilot Nick by his side.

Nick's personalised plane was adorned with Union Jack markings on the wings and the tail and had the name G-GARB.

The fixed-wing Cosmik plane was bought by Nick last April and Harry had a lesson in it just two months later while back in his hometown.

Flying fan Harry, who has also taken helicopter lessons in the US, was taken up in Nick's plane for an afternoon last summer.

He would have soared up in the sky at speeds of up to 100mph in the plane with experienced pilot Nick by his side.

Nick's personalised plane was adorned with Union Jack markings on the wings and the tail and had the name G-GARB.

The fixed-wing Cosmik plane was bought by Nick last April and Harry had a lesson in it just two months later while back in his hometown.

A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigations Branch said: "We will be examining the aircraft and compiling a report for the coroner."

More from Showbiz News

Cover art for Circles

On Air

Max Mallen playing Post Malone - Circles