Essex plane crash: Pilot killed after light aircraft comes down near Suffolk border

'Officers attended and, sadly, a man aged in his 50s was pronounced dead at the scene'

Alex Matthews-King
Sunday 03 February 2019 17:53
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Local media are reporting police have set up a cordon at Belchamp Walter village hall while attending the 'crash' which is believed to be in a field to the rear
Local media are reporting police have set up a cordon at Belchamp Walter village hall while attending the 'crash' which is believed to be in a field to the rear

A man in his 50s has died following a plane crash near the village of Belchamp Walter, in Essex, police have said.

Emergency services were called to attend after reports of a light aircraft in distress, shortly before 11.50am on Sunday.

Essex Police confirmed on Sunday evening a man was "pronounced dead at the scene".

"His next of kin have been informed", the force said in a statement.

They added: "We will be maintaining a presence at the scene over the coming days to assist the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in their enquiries."

The crash occurred in a field near Belchamp Walter village hall, close to the border of Suffolk.

Essex Fire Service sent five engines to the scene, which is reported to be close to a small private landing strip, while the Suffolk brigade sent a further three.

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Local media also reported an air ambulance was called.

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