Pilot killed after plane crashed into field in Nottinghamshire

Large emergency response called to light aircraft crash in Nottinghamshire
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A pilot has died after a plane crashed in a field in Nottinghamshire.

Emergency services were called after the light aircraft hit a crop field in Darlton, near Retford at 12.19pm on Wednesday, July 26.

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Nottinghamshire Police said the pilot, a man who was in his 70s, is believed to be the only person on board the plane when it crashed.

A pensioner has been killed in a plane crash in Nottinghamshire.A pensioner has been killed in a plane crash in Nottinghamshire.
A pensioner has been killed in a plane crash in Nottinghamshire.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a team of inspectors arrived at the crash site early in the evening to gather evidence and begin an investigation.

East Midlands Ambulance Service and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were also called to the incident.

The pilot’s family is being supported by specially trained officers, a police spokesperson said.

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The AAIB said it has launched an investigation into the fatal crash involving a single-engine light aircraft east of Darlton Airfield.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to the “serious incident” on Wednesday afternoon and that crews had “been working with partners to make the scene safe.”

Fire engines remained at the scene overnight, it added.

Area manager Bryn Coleman said: “It is with our deepest regrets that we can confirm the pilot, a man in his 70s, died on scene. There were no other injuries.”