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Pilot and passenger confirmed dead at crash scene

The two victims of a light aircraft crash in Essex were confirmed dead at the scene despite the "best efforts of (ambulance) crews" to save them.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said:

The ambulance service was called at 2.55pm today, dispatching an ambulance, three paramedic officers, the hazardous area response team (HART) and Magpas helimedics.

Despite the best efforts of crews the casualties were sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Ambulance resources have now been stood down.

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.


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

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.


Dog rescued from rubble days after Clacton explosion

A dog has been found under the rubble after a gas explosion flattened houses in Clacton on Wednesday.

Pictures of the dog, who looked well considering it's ordeal, were tweeted by an account run by the handler of a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue search dog.

Domestic gas fault likely cause of Clacton blast

Firefighters believe a domestic gas fault is likely to have caused an explosion which destroyed two houses and injured 10 people in Essex.

One semi-detached house was razed to the ground and the second floor of a neighbouring property was left hanging precariously following the blast in Clacton. A third property was also wrecked.

One man, believed to be in his 70s, is in a life-threatening condition after the blast in Cloes Lane, at around 8.30am.

A woman, thought to be in her 50s, was taken to Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, with severe burns.

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