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Four people were on jet when it crashed trying to land

Four people were on board the small jet that crashed near the end of Blackbushe Airport runway in Hampshire as it was trying to land this afternoon, an airport spokesman has said.

Blackbushe Airport confirmed that a Phenom 300 Jet with four persons on board crashed near the end of the runway around 3.09pm while attempting to make a landing. The scene was attended by Blackbushe Fire and Rescue within minutes, followed by Hampshire fire, police and ambulance units. Emergency services are currently controlling the scene.

– Blackbushe Airport spokesman

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Firefighters survey scene of light aircraft crash

Firefighters at the scene of the crash. Credit: ITV Meridian

Firefighters were seen dampening down the wreckage of the light aircraft crash near Blackbushe airport this afternoon.

Hampshire Police confirmed it was called to the scene at 3.09pm but a spokesman was unable to confirm if there were any casualties.

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Blackbushe crash: Information about private airport

Blackbushe was used throughout the Second World War by the RAF. Credit: Google Maps

Blackbushe is a private airport based in north-east Hampshire near the M3.

It was used throughout the Second World War by the RAF and is now home to a number of flying schools.

Blackbushe also hosts a variety of events including model airshows and drag racing.

In 2000, five people were killed when a light aircraft crashed into a nearby business park shortly after taking off from the airport.

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Number of casualties in light aircraft crash unconfirmed

The ambulance service said "the number of casualties is unconfirmed" following a light aircraft crash near Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire.

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We are in attendance, we were called out at 3.10pm to an emergency at the airport.

"There are a number of ambulances on scene and we have called the air ambulance to the scene as well.

"At the moment the number of casualties is unconfirmed."

A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: "The AAIB are aware and have deployed a team."

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Firefighters battle flames at light aircraft crash site

Footage shot near Blackbushe Airport shows firefighters battling the inferno in the aftermath of the light aircraft crash.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said they were called to the incident at 3.10pm.

A fire service spokeswoman said: "We have got four pumps and three other vehicles.

"At this stage we do not know anything other than that."

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Chessington Zoo takes delivery of female Fossa

Chessington Zoo took delivery of an important new delivery this week - Sibe, the female Fossa.

She arrived from America to introduce a new blood line to Europe which is essential for the species to be able to breed and increase their population.

Due to deforestation and hunting in their natural homes in Madagascar they are currently listed as vulnerable. The Fossa is a naturally solitary creature, only coming together to mate. Sibe is 3-years-old and will be mixed with Chessington's resident male Fossa.

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