Scottish Daily Mail
Family of four killed as their plane plunges into field
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.