Leicestershire air crash investigation 'could take six months'

Media captionPolice said a father and daughter died in the crash

It could take "up to six months" to find out what caused a light aircraft to crash, killing a father and daughter, investigators have said.

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

The pilot, who was named locally as David Newton, 57, from Cropwell Bishop, and his daughter, in her 20s, died at the scene.

Investigators said the aircraft needed "detailed examination".

'Recovered items'

The accident is believed to have happened near a private landing strip in the village.

Andrew Blackie, senior investigator with the Air Accident Investigation Branch, said: "Components may have to be removed and sent to the original manufacturers which can be in various countries around the world.

"Six months is considered to be a reasonable timeframe.

"We are trying to determine the total flight duration and where the aircraft has been.

"We have recovered a number of items from the aircraft, which may help with that."

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