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Two men die as light aircraft crashes near Overbury


Two men died when their light aircraft crashed into a field in Worcestershire.

The single-engine plane was heading to Gloucestershire Airport when it came down in foggy conditions at Bredon Hill near the village of Overbury.

The airport said air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft at about 12:40 GMT and “alerting action was taken with the appropriate agencies”.

The men were declared dead at the scene, West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed.

Eyewitnesses later described seeing the aircraft in a tree.

The Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been informed about the crash, police say.

West Mercia Police said a cordon was expected to remain around the site overnight and officers were working to identify the men and inform their next of kin.

‘Loud bang’

It “quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save either man” and they were confirmed dead, the ambulance service said.

The service said that because of the foggy conditions the Midlands Air Ambulance, based in Strensham, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board had to land two miles away.

The pair were then picked up by a paramedic officer in a car and taken to the scene, where two ambulances and a second paramedic officer also attended.

Lizzie Ransted, who was walking on Bredon Hill at the time of the crash, told the BBC that as she was walking down the hill, she “heard a loud engine sound”.

“It was sort of cutting out and then we heard a very loud crash bang. We couldn’t see anything…. visibility was so bad,” she said.

“But it was the noise. We knew something was not right.”

Source: BBC Here