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Two killed in light aircraft crash

Enstone Airfield Credit: Google Street View

Two men have died following a light aircraft crash at an airfield in Oxfordshire.

The pilot, in his 60s, and his passenger, in his 50s, suffered fatal injuries at Enstone Airfield last night.

Thames Valley Police said they were called to reports of a microlight crash at around 7.20pm. Both victims' next of kin have been told, but their identities have not been disclosed.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been told about the incident and officials will be carrying out an investigation.


Calls for MoD to "tighten medical restrictions"

Video. The mother of a 15-year-old air cadet killed in a mid-air collision along with his RAF flying instructor is calling on the Ministry of Defence to tighten its medical restrictions for people allowed to teach young pilots.

Nick Rice from Calcot in Reading was training in a light aircraft over Drayton in Abingdon when it collided with a glider. In an investigation that followed, it was revealed that the trainer had a serious medical condition.

An inquest ruled it was a case of accidental death, but the teenager's mother wants better check ups for those entrusted with young people's safety. Penny Silvester reports.

"Safety is of paramount importance to us"

The Ministry of Defence have released this statement:

Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of Nicholas Rice and Flt Lt Blee who died in the tragic incident. Safety is of paramount importance to us but no flying is without risk. A Service Inquiry into the incident identified a number of factors in the incident and lessons to be learned to ensure we can to prevent such incidents from happening again. The RAF has taken extensive action to ensure that Air Experience Flying remains safe including implementing 16 of the 18 recommendations from the Service Inquiry.’

– Spokesperson, Ministry of Defence

'Home made' WW1 plane killed pilot

An inquest is to resume today into the death of a pilot who died when his replica historic aircraft crashed in a field.

John Day, 68, of Horsham, West Sussex, died at the scene of the accident at the Army Aviation Centre in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, on April 27 last year.

It is understood that the aircraft was a replica Fokker Eindecker which Mr Day, a father-of-one, had recently built himself.

The spokesman also confirmed that the aircraft had been taking part in a practice display at the time of the crash.

Witness Nick Bayes, from Andover, said he saw about 12 planes in the air when the accident happened, some of which seemed to him to be flying close together.


Inquest to open into pilot death

The plane crashed in a field in Middle Wallop last May Credit: ITV Meridian

An inquest will open later into the death of a pilot who was killed when his First World War replica plane crashed into an airfield in Hampshire.

The plane crashed in a field in Middle Wallop last May Credit: ITV Meridian

John Day, who was sixty eight and from Horsham in Sussex, died from multiple injuries when the small plane came down in a field in Middle Wallop during a practice display in May 2013.