Tuesday, October 20, 1998 Published at 15:31 GMT 16:31 UK
Two die in plane crash
Two people were killed when their light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off.
The single-engined two-seater came down near Kidsgrove, in Staffordshire.
The Civil Aviation Authority said the plane had taken off from Woodford Aerodrome near Bramhall, Greater Manchester.
Several local residents dialled emergency services after hearing a loud explosion and seeing smoke rise from a field off Castle Road, Mow Cop.
A spokesman for Staffordshire Fire Service said the aircraft, a T67 Slingsby Firefly, had disintegrated on impact, leaving wreckage strewn across the field.
Station Officer Mal Shepherd said fire crews used foam to extinguish a fire in the engine compartment of the plane, which had broken away from the fuselage.
"Due to the impact and the fire the aircraft was severely damaged. The wings had broken off and it was pretty unrecognisable as an aircraft," he said.
One of the bodies had been thrown clear from the wreckage and another was trapped inside the remains of the plane, he added.
A spokesman for Woodford Aerodrome said the Slingsby Firefly plane was owned by the International Test Pilot School which sub-leases hangar space and use of the airfield from British Aerospace.