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Chigwell plane crash: Homeowners speak of their horror at deaths of air crew

PUBLISHED: 18:09 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 18:16 05 October 2015

A floral tribute at the field in Gravel Lane, Chigwell, where a plane crashed on Saturday

A floral tribute at the field in Gravel Lane, Chigwell, where a plane crashed on Saturday

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Homeowners living in and around Chigwell’s Gravel Lane have spoken of their horror following the plane crash which killed two people on Saturday.

Police have released pictures of the Chigwell air crash site near Gravel Lane. Picture: Essex PolicePolice have released pictures of the Chigwell air crash site near Gravel Lane. Picture: Essex Police

One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Recorder she felt “sick” after learning of the accident, which saw an eight-seater Beechcraft King Air 200 burst into flames upon impact.

Another resident, Sue Benson, of Miller’s Lane, was at home with her daughter at the time.

She said: “My daughter said to me, “That plane doesn’t sound right”, and then the next thing we heard was a crash and the house shook.

“We didn’t know what it was. The police closed off the road and all they said was a major incident had occurred.”

Forensics officers at the scene of the Chigwell plane crash. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA ImagesForensics officers at the scene of the Chigwell plane crash. Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA Images

Mrs Benson, a retired accounts administrator, said the thought of the aircraft crew losing their lives made her “go cold”.

The anonymous Gravel Lane resident who spoke to the Recorder said she went out with her husband at 9.30am and was not allowed back into her home until approximately 5.30pm.

“We didn’t hear anything, but it makes me feel sick to know two people died,” she said. “And the plane could have landed on a house – it’s very lucky it didn’t.”

Investigations into the cause of the crash continue.


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