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Investigation into Newquay Airport crash which killed local pilot

The plane crashed as it tried to land at Newquay. Credit: ITV West Country

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 offers his condolences

MP Steve Double has offered his condolences to family of pilot killed in crash at Newquay airport.

Steve Double MP, St Austell and Newquay Credit: ITV News

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.

– Steve Double MP, St Austell and Newquay

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68-year-old man confirmed as victim of Newquay Airport crash

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.

– Devon & Cornwall Police

Newquay Airport confirm crash

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.

– Newquay Airport

Pilot dies in Newquay Airport crash

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.

'Serious incident' involving light aircraft at Newquay Airport

Serious incident at Newquay Airport Credit: ITV News

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.

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Passengers say there needs to be a testing system

Passengers arriving Newquay Airport give their reaction to a pilot's arrest on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit Credit: ITV News

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"

– Flybe passengers

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.

Crew member raised concerns over pilot

The pilot was removed from his plane which was due to fly from Newquay to London Credit: PA

A Flybe pilot was taken off his passenger plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit just before he was due to take off.

The pilot was due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick on yesterday morning before he was removed for the breath test.

Police were alerted after a fellow crew member on the Exeter-based Flybe flight became concerned.

A 48 year old man, from Copplestone, near Crediton, Devon, was arrested and taken to Newquay police station.

He has since been bailed until 8 December.

Passengers were delayed by five hours.

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