The family of one of the two men killed in a light aircraft crash in Essex yesterday have paid tribute to him, saying they love him "more than anything in the world".
Simon Chamberlain, 29, was travelling as a passenger when the Yak 52 plane downed after flying out of North Weald airfield. His family said:
Lizzie, his wife, has lost her best friend and soul mate. His son, Charlie, who will be two years old in August, has lost his father. And his parents, Paul and Steph, have lost a loving son. We love him more than anything in the world.
Our hearts also go out to the other person involved in this tragedy.
Police have said they are not in a position to identify the pilot, but confirmed yesterday that he was also from Essex.
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.
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.
Air accident investigators have been sent to probe this afternoon's light aircraft crash in a rural field in Essex, which is understood to have claimed the lives of the two people on board.
A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed a team had been dispatched to the crash site.
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.
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.
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