Two killed in plane crash near Andover

by Alister POOLE on April 19, 2010

Two men in their 50’s were killed when their lightweight aircraft crashed in Hampshire and burst into flames. According to authorities, the men were returning from a trip to Cambridgeshire. Both men died at the scene.

The crash, which happened just after 1700 BST, took place off Red Post Lane in Monxton when the aircraft landed in a field not far from Andover. Twenty firefighters were called out to the sight Saturday evening to help extinguish the flaming aircraft.

According to reports, the plane had taken off from Bournemouth previously that day. The men were heading home after making a flight to Duxford in Cambridgeshire. The Hampshire Constabulary have said that motorists have come forward to report they saw the plane experiencing difficulty from the A303.

Police have said that it is not likely that the crash is connected to any of the volcanic ash floating in the air above the UK. However, authorities did add that it would be factored into the investigation.

No legal restrictions have been forced on private aircrafts during the ash plume, but the Civil Aviation Authority has warned private pilots to proceed with caution when flying during this time.  Air Accidents Investigation Brand and the local authorities will both be investigating the crash. Both men’s bodies were transported to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester to be formally identified.

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Michael Philip Wilson April 22, 2010 at 1:15 pm

As a fellow Banbi Owner, based at Bournemouth, may I express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the two men who lost their lives?

This is a very sad time for us all,

With best wishes

Mike Wilson (G-CBZX)

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