Tributes have been paid to an aircraft enthusiast who was killed along with another man when the plane they were flying in crashed.
Chefs watch as doomed plane performs aerobatic display over fields before nose-diving into the ground.
Witnesses described how the training aircraft had been attempting a somersault before going down in a rural area near Writtle, Essex.
Two men have been confirmed to have died after their light aircraft crashed into a field in a rural area of Essex.
Essex Police said the Yak 52 aircraft's pilot and passenger, both from Essex, were killed after the plane flew out from North Weald airfield.
A spokeswoman said the aircraft was seen to be in difficulties before crashing into a field off the A414 at around 2.55pm.
Air accident investigators have been sent to probe this afternoon's light aircraft crash in a rural field in Essex, which is understood to have claimed the lives of the two people on board.
A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed a team had been dispatched to the crash site.
The light aircraft that crash landed in a field in Essex was "completely alight" when firefighters arrived at the scene near Cooksmill Green, Essex Fire and Rescue Service have said.
– Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman
On arrival the incident commander reported that the plane was completely alight. Crews used foam and had extinguished the fire by 3.55pm.
Police have said they are in the process of locating and informing the next of kin after a light aircraft crashed into a field in Essex.
Emergency services learned of the incident just before 3pm, a spokesperson said, adding:
A plane came down down in a field near the A414 in Essex, causing a fire which the fire brigade was able to put out.
We suspect there will be fatalities because it is a light aircraft believed to have been carrying two people aboard.
Firefighters from nearby Chelmsford, Colchester and Maldon are understood to have responded to the crash.
Two people are feared dead after a light aircraft crashed next to the A414 in Essex.
The plane burst into flames after coming down in a field at Cooksmill Green. Firefighters from nearby Chelmsford, Colchester and Maldon put out the fire.
The light aircraft crash in which two people are feared to have died occurred in a field in a rural area between two villages a few miles outside Chelmsford in Essex.
Two people are feared dead after a light aircraft crashed into a field in a rural area between Writtle and Ongar in Essex, police have said.
Emergency services are at the scene of a light aircraft crash next to the A414 in Essex.
The plane has come down in a field at Cooksmill Green. Firefighters from nearby Chelmsford, Colchester and Maldon are attending.
It's not clear yet if anyone's been hurt.