A man from Cornwall killed in a plane crash at Newquay Airport has been named locally as Falmouth businessman Tony Richards.
The 68-year-old pilot died when the privately-owned aircraft went down on Monday night. Air accident investigators are trying to find out what caused the accident.
Air accident investigators are trying to find out what caused a privately owned plane to crash as it arrived at Newquay airport on Monday night, killing the pilot.
Police have confirmed he was a 68-year-old man from Cornwall. The airport was closed overnight, with all flights diverted to Exeter, but has since reopened. Steve Hardy has more.
MP Steve Double has offered his condolences to family of pilot killed in crash at Newquay airport.
I was very sad to hear the news of the air crash last night at Newquay Airport that took the life of a local pilot. My thoughts and prayers are with the pilot’s family, they have my deepest sympathy.
The AAIB is attending the scene and we will hear from them in due course as to the cause of this dreadful accident.
I spoke with the management at Newquay Airport last night and they briefed me on the incident and the steps that the emergency services had taken.
Despite these efforts the pilot sadly died at the scene.
A 68-year-old local man has died in the Newquay Airport crash, police say.
The twin-engine plane, which was privately owned, was preparing to land when the crash happened on land off the runway.
The pilot, a 68-year-old local man and the sole occupant of the aircraft, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
Police, ambulance and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene.
The aircraft remains in situ pending an investigation by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.
Newquay Airport was closed for a short time but has now fully re-opened and operating as normal.
Newquay Airport say flights were diverted to Exeter while the airport was shut on Monday night. It is now open, and operating as normal.
We can confirm that an accident took place yesterday evening at around 19:35 at Newquay Cornwall Airport involving a light aircraft. The emergency services were in attendance and dealt with the accident.
It has been confirmed that the pilot of the twin engine aircraft was sadly killed in the accident.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the pilot at this very difficult time.
The Airport is assisting Devon and Cornwall Police and the AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch) with their investigation.
A pilot has been killed after crash landing his airplane at Newquay Airport.
The man, who had been flying a twin-engined light aircraft from London to Cornwall crashed on council owned land close to the runway, on Monday evening.
The airport was closed following the fatal crash at around 7.35pm and only reopened at 6am this morning.
Emergency services attended but, despite best efforts, the pilot, believed to be from Cornwall, could not be saved. No-one else is thought to have been involved.
His next of kin have been informed.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been called in to investigate a serious incident at Newquay Airport involving a light aircraft. Full details aren't yet known. It happened at around 7.35pm yesterday. The airport re-opened at around 6am this morning.
Newquay Airport could benefit from a £20 million fund aimed at improving regional air links.
London's Gatwick Airport has vowed to make the money available to support new domestic routes, if it's is allowed to build a second runway.
The airport is in competition with Heathrow to secure permission from the Airports Commission for a second runway to allow for expansion.
At a conference held in St Austell this morning, Gatwick Airport announced that the cash could be used to incentivise airlines to bring new domestic flights to areas like Devon and Cornwall, and for joint marketing campaigns with the region's tourist boards.
Currently we operate three services a day into Gatwick, but we believe there is a market out there for four or five services, so for the financial incentives to take some of that risk away from the airline operators is really encouraging from Gatwick.
Gatwick has always been serious about encouraging the growth and development of a strong network of competing airports around the UK. This fund, and the measures we propose to support it will improve connectivity to London for those that need it.
Gatwick expansion is best for the UK and regions because it supports not only the growth of connectivity to London, but also more connectivity between all UK airports and international short and long haul destinations.
Exeter-based Flybe has announced a new service for next year between Newquay Cornwall Airport and London Stansted.
The service will start in May 2015 and operate as part of its summer schedule until September.
Passengers arriving at Newquay Airport in Cornwall today have been reacting to the news that a pilot from Devon was arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit while preparing to fly.
"I turned off the news when I heard, flying is always a worry anyway"
"There needs to be a testing system put in place by those higher up"
A 48 year old man, from Copplestone, near Crediton, Devon, was arrested on suspicion of over the prescribed limit for carrying out duties to prepare to fly yesterday (29 October). He has since been bailed until 8 December.