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Aircraft crash's pilot and passenger confirmed dead

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.

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Aircraft was 'completely alight' after Essex field crash

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.

On arrival the incident commander reported that the plane was completely alight. Crews used foam and had extinguished the fire by 3.55pm.

– Essex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman
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Police locating next of kin after suspected fatal air crash

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.

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