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Father and daughter killed in aircraft crash in Leicestershire

Media captionWitness Billy Dunne was one of the first on the scene after the plane came down in a field outside Wymeswold

A father and daughter have been killed in a light aircraft crash in Leicestershire, police have confirmed.

The plane came down in a field, near a farm at Wymeswold, near Loughborough, shortly before 20:00 BST on Wednesday.

Officers said the pair, who were pilot and passenger, died in the crash and their family had been told.

Police and the Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) are working together to establish the cause of the crash.

'Too late'

Leicestershire Police has yet to name the two occupants, who are thought to come from the locality.

Billy Dunne lives closest to the crash scene and said the plane was unrecognisable because of the damage.

He said: "Some young lad came running over the fields, very upset and he couldn't speak to me.

Image caption Police and the Air Accident Investigations Branch remain on the site trying to establish what hapepned

"I ran down after him to try and help. There was nothing anyone could do. It was too late.

"It wasn't nice what I saw. The young lad came back and I tried to keep him calm."

He said the roof had been ripped off the aircraft and the front had been folded.

"It was frightening, a mess," he said.

Mr Dunne's young daughter Emily was also at home when the crash happened.

She said: "I was just watching telly and I just saw a man running down screaming in absolute terror, screaming, bashing on my windows and there were no full sentences.

"It was just 'help, ambulance, blood' and we called the ambulance and he ran off down the field with the phone.

"The next minute there were ambulances, fire engines, police cars all coming in, there were helicopters."

A spokeswoman for East Midlands Ambulance Service said the crash was reported to it at 19:48 and several ambulances were sent to the scene.

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