Essex

Chigwell air crash: Investigation into fatal crash under way

  • 4 October 2015
  • From the section Essex
Chigwell aircraft crash site Image copyright Stephen Huntley
Image caption The plane came down in a field between Gravel Lane and Miller's Lane

Investigations are under way into the cause of a light aircraft crash in Essex in which two people died.

The Beechcraft King Air 200, which was on its way to Oxfordshire, came down in a field off Gravel Lane and Miller's Lane in Chigwell on Saturday, killing both people on board.

The fire service said the plane - an eight-seater - was "100% alight" when crews arrived at about 10:20 BST.

Essex Police and the Air Accident Investigation Branch are investigating.

The plane was owned and operated by London Executive Aviation (LEA), which said it had just taken off from nearby Stapleford Airfield and was heading for Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

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Image caption Essex Police said it was working with the government's Air Accident Investigation Branch to find out what happened
Image caption Emergency services closed off the crash site between Gravel Lane and Miller's Lane

A spokesman for the company said the plane was manufactured in 1981 and had its most recent scheduled maintenance inspection on 12 June.

A statement described both crew members, who have not been named, as "highly experienced professional pilots".

Managing director George Galanopoulos said: "Everybody at LEA is shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic accident.

"Our hearts go out to the families and friends of our colleagues who lost their lives.

"We will also co-operate fully with the authorities charged with investigating the causes of the accident."

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Image caption The aircraft took off from Stapleford Airfield, about five miles from the scene of the crash

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