Two die as aircraft crashes into field in Hampshire

Investigators at the scene of the crash in Monxton

The aircraft came down in a field, missing buildings and cables

Two people have died after a light aircraft crashed and burst into flames in a field in Hampshire.

Twenty firefighters were called to the scene off Red Post Lane, Monxton near Andover shortly after 1720 BST.  Police are currently trying to trace where the aircraft took off from in order to identify those that died.

Police said it was too early to say if the volcanic ash cloud above the UK was a factor in the crash but would not rule anything out as a possible cause.

Private aircraft owners are being advised by the Civil Aviation Authority to take extra care because of the ash, but no legal restrictions are in force.  Inspector Paul Newstead of Hampshire Police said it was “highly unlikely” ash was a factor but “it will form part of the investigation”.

He added that the light aircraft had come down in the field without causing any damage to power cables or other structures, and away from houses or farm buildings.   An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said investigators were at the scene.

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