Man killed in light aircraft crash

AN INVESTIGATION is under way after a pilot was killed when a light aircraft crashed into a field.

AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a pilot was killed when a light aircraft crashed into a field.

The 60-year-old man died at the scene after the single-seater plane came down in Great Oakley, near Harwich.

An air ambulance and a land crew were called to the field off Harwich Road just before 10.45am on Saturday.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were alerted to what appeared to be a crash landing.

“We dispatched several resources, but sadly the 60-year-old man who was the sole occupant of the single-seater aircraft was declared deceased at the scene.”

An Essex Police spokesman said the pilot, who has not been officially named, was believed to be from the Clacton area.

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He said: ``Police were contacted by the ambulance service shortly before 11am on Saturday, following reports that an aircraft had crashed in a field off Harwich Road. Officers arrived at the scene and discovered the body of a man with debris.”

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch spokeswoman said two inspectors attended the crash scene and an investigation was under way.