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Two dead after Wolferton plane crash

Scene close to the fatal air crash at Wolfterton
Scene close to the fatal air crash at Wolfterton

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed into marshland near Wolferton yesterday (Monday).

A pilot and female passenger have died after the light aircraft they were travelling in crash landed on the Sandringham Estate.

The pilot, in his 50s, and the woman in her 70s, were the only people on board the four-seater Piper Arrow, which came down at the Queen’s Norfolk residence on Monday morning.

Emergency services were called to marshland near Wolferton, Norfolk, shortly before 11am.

The pair were pronounced dead at the scene and there were no other casualties, Norfolk Police said.

The coastguard, fire service and ambulance service attended the scene.

Councillor Tim Tilbrook, whose ward covers Wolferton, said: “My thoughts go out to the people who have been killed.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the families. It’s sad that two people have lost their lives. It’s a tragedy.

“I think people in the village will be shocked. This is the last thing in the world they would’ve expected to happen.

“It is a beautiful part of Norfolk and for something like this to happen is most unusual.

“It’s a tremendous community here. If they can do anything to help, I’m sure they will do.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating after visiting the site.

A statement on the AAIB website said: “The AAIB has sent a team to investigate a light aircraft accident that occurred north of King’s Lynn, Norfolk.”

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