Pilot killed in gyrocopter crash

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A pilot died when a gyrocopter crashed at an airfield, police said today.

Officers and the air ambulance were called to Little Rissington Airfield, in Upper Rissington, Gloucestershire at 4.30pm yesterday following reports of the accident.

The 64-year-old man from Haslemere, Surrey, who was at the controls of the light aircraft, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family and the coroner have been informed.

Gloucestershire police and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is carrying out an investigation into the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the county force on 0845 090 1234.

Gyrocopters are small helicopters, popular because they can fly slowly and low enough to allow passengers to see the scenery below.