Road closure in place after plane crashes near Bungay
PUBLISHED: 06:32 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 06:32 03 October 2016
© Rob Colman 2016. No Syndication.
A man in his 80s was killed and another has been badly hurt after a light aircraft crashed near the Norfolk/Suffolk border yesterday.
The passenger, a man in his 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene while the pilot, a man who is in a serious condition, was airlifted to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for treatment.
Barondole Lane in Topcroft is still closed in both directions between the Barford Road junction and the Broad Road junction.
The plane came down at around 3.30pm on Sunday, October 2 and burst into flames.
Firefighters were called to the scene found a man had died, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said.
A spokeswoman for the service said: “We received a report at 3.36pm that a light aircraft of some sort had just crashed.
“When the first appliance arrived it was confirmed that it [the plane] was on fire and unfortunately we have had it confirmed that there was one deceased and one airlifted to hospital.
“As far as we are aware it was two people on board and we believe it was a two-seater plane.”
It is unclear whether anyone else was hurt.
Charles Christian, who lives near the airfield, was out walking when he thought he saw the plane, which he believed was a vintage Mustang, come down.
He said it appeared to come into the runway normally, with its landing gear down and ready to land, but that he heard a small explosion after it disappeared behind some trees, a noise he thought was just the engine playing up.
Mr Christian told the Press Association: “I was taking the dogs for a walk and I was walking up the back field and the plane in question, I think this is a vintage Mustang, was flying in and coming into land quite normally and flew right over my head.
“It flew on toward the runway, which is about a quarter of a mile away, and disappeared behind the trees to land.
“Normally when that plane lands they cut off the engine so you sort of hear it backfiring, a spluttering noise, and then it grinds to a halt.
“It was noticeable that this time there was the spluttering noise and then it stopped very quietly and then a few seconds later there was another bang, which I am guessing was the explosion.
“I couldn’t see it and I didn’t think there was anything untoward because they make those noises and I just assumed it was backfiring. There was no sign of anything happening, there wasn’t a column of smoke or anything.
“But when it came into land it was working totally fine. I could see the propellers spinning round nicely because it’s done in D-Day-type colours and the propeller has yellow tips on it, so you could see it and the sun was catching on it.
“I actually saw it in the distance circling to come in and there was certainly no sign of anything untoward on there.”
Mr Christian said Hardwick airfield is privately owned by a local farmer.