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.
Local media also reported an air ambulance was called.
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