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Two dead in light aircraft crash

Map showing location of Tangley

A light aircraft has crashed in a small village in north Hampshire, killing the two people on board.

The twin-tailed plane came down in a field at Tangley, near Andover, shortly before 1300 BST and caught fire.

The crash happened away from buildings in the village. Crews from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service put out the fire in the wreckage.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has launched an investigation into the crash.

A team was beginning to examine the site to determine the circumstances of the incident.

A spokesman said: "The AAIB deployed a team of investigators to the scene. A full investigation is under way and a report will be published in due course."

A police spokesman said the fire started either as the plane crashed or following the crash, and caused substantial damage to the plane.

"The aircraft will remain in situ overnight while inquiries by police and the AAIB continue and it will be recovered tomorrow," he said.

'Plumes of smoke'

One local farmer said he heard two loud explosions as the plane came down and his animals started acting strangely.

Robin Casson, who lives less than 100m (328ft) from the field where the aircraft crashed, said he smelled strong fumes before he rushed to the site.

"There were a couple of big bangs and I smelt the fumes and then we saw plumes of smoke," Mr Casson said.

"I thought something had happened to one of my neighbours so I went up there and saw the plane on fire, smouldering in the cattle field.

"There wasn't much left of the plane - all you could see was the shell. It was burning wreckage, there was nothing you could do - it hit the ground hard."



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