الخميس , يونيو 11 2020

Two killed in M1 aircraft crash



A damaged aircraft

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Eyewitness Craig Wing: “It lost control and it just dipped straight down”

Two men have been killed after the light aircraft they were flying crashed in a field in Nottinghamshire, police have said.

They were believed to be the only people on board when the plane came down near the M1 motorway on Saturday.

Witnesses described it nose-diving before the crash.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed an investigation was under way after the accident near Hucknall at about 13:30 BST between junctions 26 and 27.

Inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been deployed to the scene, a spokeswoman for the force said.

‘Lost control’

Craig Wing, 31, from Clifton, was approaching junction 27 when he saw the aircraft was in trouble.

He said: “It lost control and it just dipped straight down. [The pilot] managed to swerve from the M1 and into the field.”

Mr Wing, who described the aircraft as a glider, added: “I’ve gone straight over to the plane and obviously seen the two people, it was very upsetting.

“I had to do what I had to do. I wanted to try and help.”

One lane was closed on the M1 southbound.

A fire engine at the scene of the crashEmergency crews had to drive across fields to reach the wreckage

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