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Two people die in Chigwell aircraft crash

PUBLISHED: 13:34 03 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:47 03 October 2015

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed in a field in Chigwell this morning.

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed in a field in Chigwell this morning.

Archant

Two people who were on board a light aircraft which crashed in a field this morning have died.

The aircraft, believed to be an eight seater Beechcraft King Air 200, came down before 10.20am in a field off of Gravel Lane, Chigwell.

Police have cordoned off the area with road closures affecting Abridge Road at the junction with Gravel Lane, Millers Lane, Lambourne Road and Pudding Lane.

Firefighters from Loughton, Stansted and Grays who attended the scene reported the plane was 100% alight when they arrived.

The East of England Ambulance Service have sent a Hazardous Area Response Team, an ambulance crew and a rapid response vehicle to the incident.

Tom Gardner, 31, from Brentwood, was running down Millers Lane with Ilford Athletics Club when the crash happened.

He told the Recorder: “I was further up the road, so did not see or hear the crash, but I could smell the acrid smoke and saw the ambulances and fire engines.

“Some of the other guys further back said they heard this plane coming along unusually low.

“They saw the shadow of the plane heading down and then it went out of site and they heard an explosion.

“They said it was deafening and they felt the ground shake and shudder.

“You could immediately smell the smoke.”

The BBC have reported the aircraft took off from Stapleford Aerodrome, in Abridge, about five miles from the crash site, but a spokeswoman for the aerodrome said the plane was not owned by them.

Investigations are on-going and Essex Police are working with the Air Accident Branch.

More to follow.

Did you see or hear the crash? Email ralph.blackburn@archant.co.uk or call 07791053837.


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