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Sandringham plane crash pilot and passenger are named

The wreckage of the Piper aircraft at Wolferton on the Sandringham Estate. Credit: Air Accidents Investigation Branch

The pilot and passenger killed in a plane crash on the Sandringham Estate has been named.

Nigel Dodds, 58, from Gateshead, was flying a Piper PA28 light aircraft when it came down on marshland near Wolferton in West Norfolk on Monday, September 11.

Val Barnes, who was in her 70s and a passenger in the plane, was also killed.

A team of inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been investigating at the scene and the wreckage was due to be removed yesterday for further tests to take place.

Air accident investigators on site of plane crash which killed two

A man and a woman when the Piper aircraft crashed on Monday at Wolferton in Norfolk. Credit: Air Accidents Investigation Branch

Air accident investigators are on the site of a Piper light aircraft crash in west Norfolk which killed a man and a woman.

Emergency services were called just before 11am on Monday following reports of a crash landing on marshland near Wolferton on the Sandringham estate.

The pilot, a man in his 50s, and a female passenger in her 70s were pronounced dead at the scene and there were no other casualties

"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch sent a team of inspectors to investigate a fatal accident to a Piper PA28 aircraft at Wolferton, Norfolk.

"Our inspectors are on site gathering evidence and conducting interviews.

"We expect to recover the aircraft later today and take it to our facility in Farnborough where a detailed examination can take place while our investigation continues.

"When our investigation is concluded, we will publish a report.”

– Air Accidents Investigation Branch statement
The wreckage of the Piper aircraft will be taken to Farnborough for further investigation. Credit: Air Accidents Investigation Branch


Queen arrives in Sandringham later than planned

  • Watch the Queen arrive in Sandringham by helicopter

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have arrived in Norfolk for their Christmas break a day later than planned.

Instead of travelling by train the Royal couple made the journey from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham by helicopter.

The Queen and Prince Philip were forced to delay the trip because of heavy colds but were well enough to travel today.

They will spend their traditional Christmas on the estate in west Norfolk with other members of the Royal Family.

In past years the couple have joined commuters on the train from King's Cross to King's Lynn.

Queen delays trip to Sandringham because of heavy cold

The Queen was expected to travel to Sandringham today for the start of her Christmas break. Credit: PA

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have heavy colds and have decided not to travel to Sandringham today, Buckingham Palace has said.

They were expected to go by train to King's Lynn and then on to her nearby Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The royal couple instead stayed at Buckingham Palace.

There was a police presence at the station this morning, but the officers later left.

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