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Two Dorset men men die in plane crash

(April 18, 2010)

Courtesy of Sian Davies and the Daily Echo. 

The light aircraft that crashed killing two people had taken off from Bournemouth Airport.

Police have confirmed that two men from Dorset, both aged in their 50’s, died in the accident, which happened yesterday afternoon in Andover.

The flight was on a return journey from Bournemouth to Duxford, Cambridgeshire when it got into difficulties and crashed in a field near to the junction of the A303 and the A342.

Police are looking at whether volcanic ash could have been a factor in the accident but a spokesman said that they believed it was ''highly unlikely'' to be the cause of the crash.

The spokesman said: ''Investigations continue today into what caused a light aircraft to crash in a field near Andover which killed two people.

''The Department for Transport's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is investigating the incident together with Hampshire Constabulary.

''Police received a call just after 5.20pm yesterday to report that a small plane had crashed into a field off Red Post Lane in Monxton.

''The aircraft had taken off from Bournemouth earlier in the day to fly to Duxford in Cambridgeshire and it was on a return flight when it came down.

''A number of people who were driving along the A303 at the time of the incident have come forward to say that they saw a plane which appeared to be encountering problems.

''Police would still like to hear from other witnesses who may have seen a small aircraft in difficulty at the time.''

The bodies of the two men have been taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital where formal identifications will take place.

Investigations are continuing into what caused the accident, just before 5.30pm.

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