An investigation is under way today after two people died when a twin-tailed light aircraft crashed in fields.
The plane burst into flames when it came down in Tangley, near Andover, Hampshire, yesterday afternoon.
People living nearby spotted the aircraft flying low in the sky before it hit the ground, landing in a cattle field near the village.
Robin Casson, who lives less than 100 metres from the crash site, said: "There were a couple of big bangs and I smelt the fumes and then we saw plumes of smoke.
"I thought something had happened to one of my neighbours so I went up there and saw the plane on fire, smouldering in the cattle field.
"You could see what looked like somebody in there. There wasn't much left of the plane - all you could see was the shell."
The 49-year-old made his way to the site, moments before an air ambulance arrived.
But he added: "It was burning wreckage, there was nothing you could do - it hit the ground hard."
Another villager, Alan Dale, said he spotted the aircraft flying not far from the ground shortly before the crash.
The property developer and former pilot said: "We saw the aircraft really quite low and going very slowly at about midday."
Emergency services were called to the "high impact crash" at around 12.40pm.
Hampshire Police said: "We can confirm that there were two people on board the plane, both of whom died as a result of the crash."
Officers said the fire broke out either as the plane hit the ground or following the crash.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has now launched a full investigation.
A team began examining the wreckage last night.
The aircraft is expected to be recovered today.Reuse content