Scottish Daily Mail

Fam­ily of four killed as their plane plunges into field

- Incidents · Accidents · South Western · Dunkeswell · National Police Air Service

A FAM­ILY of four were killed when their light air­craft crashed into a field.

The six-seater plane came down in Som­er­set and all four oc­cu­pants – two men and two women – were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

The fam­ily, from Sur­rey, were a 56-year-old man, a 55-year-old woman, a 23-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man. The plane had been trav­el­ling from Sur­rey to­wards Dunkeswell Aero­drome in east Devon when it plum­meted from the sky and crashed near the vil­lage of Church­in­ford, Som­er­set.

It was seven miles from its fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. It is not known why the pi­lot lost con­trol.

Po­lice blocked off roads sur­round­ing the scene as a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched by the Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Bureau (AAIB). A po­lice spokesman said: ‘We have a spe­cially trained fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cer sup­port­ing the af­fected fam­ily and they are be­ing kept fully up­dated on our progress.

‘A joint in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way with the AAIB. The fo­cus of the ac­tiv­ity will be in­ves­tiga­tive in­quiries and then re­cov­ery of the air­craft.’

Devon and Som­er­set Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice and crews from the South Western Am­bu­lance Ser­vice at­tended the crash on Satur­day morn­ing, as well as the Devon Air Am­bu­lance and a Na­tional Po­lice Air Ser­vice he­li­copter.

Post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tions will be car­ried out on the bod­ies of the four vic­tims and an in­quest will be opened and ad­journed later in the week.

 ??  ?? Shat­tered: The wreck­age of the light air­craft in the field in Som­er­set. All four oc­cu­pants were killed and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to find out the cause of the tragedy
Shat­tered: The wreck­age of the light air­craft in the field in Som­er­set. All four oc­cu­pants were killed and in­ves­ti­ga­tors are still try­ing to find out the cause of the tragedy

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