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Crash eyewitness heard "massive" bang and explosion

The plane involved was believed to be a Phenom 300 jet with four people onboard. Credit: ITV News

One eyewitness to the plane crash at Blackbushe said he heard a "massive crunch and bang" before there was a big explosion at the site.

James Sear, who was around 300 yards away when the crash happened, told ITV News: "We saw a big explosion and big plumes of smoke.

"You couldn't see much, the smoke was so thick.

"It was just a massive great fire in the middle of the car auction and you could see a mark where the plane had come through from the Blackbushe runway."

The plane involved was believed to be a Phenom 300 jet with four people onboard.

It was trying to land, shortly after take-off, when it crashed and burst into flames.

Four people were on jet when it crashed trying to land

Four people were on board the small jet that crashed near the end of Blackbushe Airport runway in Hampshire as it was trying to land this afternoon, an airport spokesman has said.

Blackbushe Airport confirmed that a Phenom 300 Jet with four persons on board crashed near the end of the runway around 3.09pm while attempting to make a landing. The scene was attended by Blackbushe Fire and Rescue within minutes, followed by Hampshire fire, police and ambulance units. Emergency services are currently controlling the scene.

– Blackbushe Airport spokesman


Cecil hunter's representative contacts US agency

A representative has contacted a US agency investigating the hunt

A representative for the hunter who allegedly illegally killed Cecil the lion, Dr Walter Palmer, has contacted a US wildlife agency.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), who are assisting Zimbabwe authorities with an investigation over the killing of the 13-year-old lion, said on Twitter that a representative of Dr Palmer had contacted them yesterday.

Charleston shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Dylann Roof faces 33 federal charges Credit: RTV

Dylann Roof, the 21-year-old suspect of the Charleston Church shooting last month where nine people died, has entered pleas of not guilty to numerous charges.

A federal magistrate entered not guilty pleas on 33 charges, including nine counts of murder, three attempted murder, hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion.

During today's hearing, his attorney David Bruck told U.S. Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant that his client wanted to enter a plea of guilty to all the counts.

Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant entered not-guilty pleas on all counts Credit: RTV

Mr Bruck said that because the government hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty on some of the counts, attorneys could not advise Roof on the issue.

Marchant also heard briefly from family members of victims of the June 17 attack at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.


Blackbushe crash: Information about private airport

Blackbushe was used throughout the Second World War by the RAF. Credit: Google Maps

Blackbushe is a private airport based in north-east Hampshire near the M3.

It was used throughout the Second World War by the RAF and is now home to a number of flying schools.

Blackbushe also hosts a variety of events including model airshows and drag racing.

In 2000, five people were killed when a light aircraft crashed into a nearby business park shortly after taking off from the airport.

Number of casualties in light aircraft crash unconfirmed

The ambulance service said "the number of casualties is unconfirmed" following a light aircraft crash near Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We are in attendance, we were called out at 3.10pm to an emergency at the airport.

"There are a number of ambulances on scene and we have called the air ambulance to the scene as well.

"At the moment the number of casualties is unconfirmed."

A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: "The AAIB are aware and have deployed a team."

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