Police name men who died in plane crash near M1

Police have named the two men who died when the light aircraft they were travelling in came down in a field near the M1 at the weekend.

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Police name two men who died in plane crash near M1

Police have named the two men who died when the light aircraft they were travelling in came down in a field near the M1 at the weekend.

70-year-old John Gill, from Belper in Derbyshire, and Robert Alan Eaves, 76, of Selston in Nottinghamshire, both died at the scene.

The crash happened on Saturday afternoon Credit: ITV News Central

The aircraft came down near to junction 26 of the motorway at around 1:30pm on Saturday.

Post mortem tests have ruled out any medical condition contributing to the crash.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is continuing its inquiries into the crash.

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Latest scene pictures of plane crash in Nottinghamshire

Scene of Nottinghamshire plane crash Credit: ITV News Central

A light aircraft came down in a field next to the M1 around 13:30 this afternoon - there are two casualties.

The emergency services confirmed two casualties Credit: ITV News Central
An eyewitness described seeing the pilot swerve to avoid the motorway Credit: ITV News Central
Scene of Nottinghamshire plane crash Credit: ITV News Central

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Eyewitness ran through fields to aircraft when he saw it 'lose control and nosedive'.

Craig Wing from Clifton was heading to Meadowhall with his family when he witnessed the plane crash into a field near the M1 motorway.

"It wasn't nice, my kids were very upset, saying Dad we've got to go and help these people. I ran through the fields to the aircraft. It went down very close to the motorway, I would say half the size of a football field away."

– Craig Wing, eye-witness to small plane crash in Nottinghamshire
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