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Pilot dies in Fens aircraft crash

Air accident investigators are taking the wreckage to Farnborough for examination

A pilot flying alone died after a light aircraft crashed in to the River Nene in a remote part of the Fens.

The accident happened on Sunday afternoon. The fire service, police and ambulance service were called out.

Access to the crash scene in the remote field near Coates, between March and Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, proved difficult, a police spokeswoman said.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) is carrying out an investigation and the coroner has been informed.

The wreckage will be taken to the AAIB headquarters at Farnborough in Hampshire after an investigation of the crash scene is completed.

A report will be published in due course, an AAIB spokeswoman said.

Details of the crash will be released by the coroner's office, a Cambridgeshire Police spokeswoman said.

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