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Gusty winds could be responsible for plane crash

The wreckage just a short distance from the runway Credit: INS News Agency

A pilot lost control of a vintage aircraft due to gusty winds an accident report revealed.

Trevor Roche, 52, was killed in the crash of the 1923-built De Havilland DH53 Humming Bird at Old Warden Aerodrome near Biggleswade in Bedfordshire.

He was on a re-familiarisation flight in the 1960-rebuilt aircraft before starting a practice display ahead of an afternoon air show at the aerodrome which is home to the Shuttleworth Collection of vintage aircraft.

Previously a military test pilot, Mr Roche, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, was employed "by a major airline as a commander on passenger jets", the AAIB report said.

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Investigation into air crash

The scene of the accident yesterday Credit: INS News Agency

The inquest into the death of light aircraft pilot, who died after his plane crashed at a Bedfordshire air show yesterday, is due to open this week.

The pilot - who was in his 40s - was pronounced dead at the scene after coming down during a display at the Old Warden Aerodrome.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch are looking into what caused the crash.

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Bedfordshire air crash: Police update

Statement from Bedfordshire Police

"Police can confirm that the pilot involved in an aircraft crash at Old Warden this morning (July 1) has died.

"The incident happened at around 9.45am at Old Warden Aerodrome (Shuttleworth Collection) as 600 people attended a Military Pageant Air Show.

"Members of Bedfordshire Police along with Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service, East of England Ambulance Service and the aerodrome’s own fire service attended the incident to assist the pilot – who was in his 40s - but he was pronounced dead soon afterwards."

Plane crash at Bedfordshire air-show

Emergency crews have been called to an air show at the Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire following a serious aircraft crash.

It happened at around 9.45am as 600 people attended a Military Pageant Air Show.

The incident is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) who are in attendance at the airfield.

The ambulance service have confirmed they ware called to treat a man who had been seriously injured.