Investigation into Leicestershire plane crash

Investigators are looking into what caused a crash between two light aircraft which killed one pilot.

The planes came down near Gartree Road in Great Stretton, near Leicester Airport, on Sunday afternoon.

A pilot died at the scene and two men in the other plane had minor injuries. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has begun an inquiry.

Reports said the crash happened in the air as a red monoplane was taking off and a yellow biplane was about to land.

The biplane had taken off in the Nottingham area.

Gartree Road remains sealed off and diversions are in place while an investigation is carried out at the scene.

'Absolutely devastated'

Ivan Court, from Leicestershire Aero Club, who knew the pilot who died in the crash, said he was a very well-liked and respected member of the club.

"We are absolutely devastated by the loss.

"He had his own aircraft, a 1930s aircraft which he took great pride in flying and flew it all over this country and Europe and he was very well respected for his skills as a pilot.

"It was excellent flight conditions which makes this all the more tragic. There were no circumstances which would have been weather related which is usually the case in aviation accidents."

Det Insp Rob Widdowson, of Leicestershire Police, said: "We would urge anyone who was in the area before 2pm to think back and contact us if they believe they may have seen either aircraft beforehand.

"Even the slightest detail could help with our inquiries."

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