Two dead as aircraft crashes in Essex

ESSEX: Two people died when a light aircraft crashed in a field in Essex on Saturday morning, police have confirmed.


Police and other emergency services were called to the scene of the crash in Chigwell shortly before 10.20am.

The plane, which is believed to be an eight-seater Beech 200 King Air, was described as “100%” alight when fire crews arrived.

A police spokesman said: “We now believe there to have been two people on board the light aircraft which crashed in the field off Gravel Lane in Chigwell. Sadly they both died. The scene has been cordoned off. There are various road closures in the local area.”

Essex county fire and rescue service have also been called to the scene. A spokesman said: “On arrival crews reported that the aircraft was 100% alight.

Crews are wearing breathing apparatus and using two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.”

A spokesman for Stapleford Aerodrome, around five miles from the crash, said the aircraft’s route itinerary did not include its premises.