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Men killed in light plane crash 'RAF pilots'

Police at the scene Photo: ITV

Two men who died when their plane crashed into a remote field are thought to have been RAF pilots.

The pilot and his passenger were killed as the light aircraft crash landed in a field off Mains Lane, between Castle Howard and the A64, in North Yorkshire, at around 10.40am on April 30.

An investigation has been launched by Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to try and establish the cause of the crash.

Police have not yet named the men.

It is believed the plane landed 200m away from the nearest house and that it was mostly intact.

"It looks like it came straight down,"

"It looks like an aircraft, with two wings and a tail fin where it should be. It's in a bad way and it's obviously come down heavily. It's sat on its underside so it has not flipped.

"Whether they tried to land like that I don't know.

"I cannot say where they were going and what they were doing in the air.

"The fire service attended the scene just to make sure the area is safe because of worries about the amount of fuel - they have declared it safe."

– Speaking at the scene on Saturday, Superintendent Mark Grange, of North Yorkshire Police

Roads in the area were closed and members of the public were advised to keep away from the area at the time.

Up to 20 firefighters attended the scene and set up a foam blanket around the aircraft in case it caught fire.