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.

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