Two men die as plane crashes into field

Both es­caped crash but died later of burns

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN HAMBRIDGE karen.hambridge@trin­i­tymir­

TWO men died af­ter their light air­craft crashed in a field near Hinck­ley and burst into flames.

A 55-year-old and a 56-yearold man­aged to es­cape the wreck­age and seek help at a nearby farm fol­low­ing the crash off Wolds Lane last Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

How­ever both men, who suf­fered se­ri­ous burns, later died from their in­juries at the Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal’s spe­cial­ist burns unit in Birm­ing­ham.

The Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (AAIB) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash which hap­pened in a field near Grove Farm at around 4.10pm on Thurs­day Septem­ber 28.

Emer­gency ser­vices were called to the scene af­ter the two men raised the alarm.

Both were air­lifted to the QE hos­pi­tal.

The 55-year-old man died in the early hours of Fri­day while the 56-year-old lost his fight for life later that day.

A state­ment from War­wick­shire Po­lice said: “Next of kin have been no­ti­fied and of­fi­cers from War­wick­shire Po­lice are sup­port­ing the fam­i­lies at this dif­fi­cult time.

“The Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (AAIB) has been no­ti­fied and is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.”

West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice sent sev­eral ve­hi­cles to the site.

Two am­bu­lances, a se­nior para­medic of­fi­cer and two air am­bu­lances all at­tended while both the War­wick­shire and Northamp­ton­shire Air Am­bu­lance and the Mid­lands Air Am­bu­lance from Stafford­shire trav­elled to the scene with doc­tors on board.

A West Mid­lands Am­bu­lance Ser­vice spokesman said: “When crews ar­rived they found a sin­gle en­gined light air­craft that had been com­pletely de­stroyed by fire.

“Two men had man­aged to get out and had found help at a nearby farm where work­ers were cool­ing their burns with wa­ter.

“Both men were anaes­thetised at the scene and were air­lifted sep­a­rately to the Re­gional Burns Unit at Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal, Birm­ing­ham, for spe­cial­ist treat­ment; both were de­scribed as be­ing in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.”

Wolds Lane in Wolvey near to where a light air­craft crashed killing two men on board. Both men es­caped the wreck­age with se­ri­ous burns but later died of their in­juries at the QE Hos­pi­tal in Birm­ing­ham

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