North East Wales

Flintshire air crash victims named as Gary Vickers and Kaye Clarke

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Police have confirmed the names of the two people who died in an air crash in Flintshire on Friday.

It is thought that Gary Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 42, both from the Chester area, were flying home from Paris when their twin engine light aircraft came down at Hawarden airport.

Mr Vickers was pronounced dead at the scene while Ms Clarke died at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is leading an inquiry.

The area around the incident remains cordoned off at the airport, next to the Airbus wing factory, used by private and commercial planes.

North Wales Police said the alarm was raised at 13:07 GMT on Friday, with fire and ambulance crews also in attendance.

The force said the coroner had also been informed.

The AAIB confirmed on Friday that it had sent an investigation team to the site.

'Very skilled'

The team will continue with an on-site investigation before the wreckage is taken to the AAIB headquarters at Farnborough, Hampshire, for further analysis.

Aviation consultant Chris Yates said he thought the cause may lie in mechanical failure.

"Nothing should have gone wrong in that final landing phase," he told BBC Wales.

"The pilot in question was very skilled in fixed wing flying and also in rotary flying.

"So probably the air accident investigators will focus more on the maintenance of the aircraft and whether any mechanical failure happened."

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