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Police name two men killed as plane crashed near Oxford

A firefighter assesses the wreckage
Eyewitnesses said that the plane "burst" into flames after the crash

Two men who were killed when a light aircraft crashed in Oxfordshire have been named as investigations continue into the cause.

The pilot, Anthony Corr, 54, from Stratford-upon-Avon, and his passenger Richard Leonard, 45, from Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, died on Friday.

Their Piper PA-31 came down near Oxford Airport at about 1400 GMT on Friday.

The wreckage will be examined fully at the Hampshire base of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

'Completely destroyed'

Michael McPeak was in the garden of his home in Orchard Field Lane when he saw the plane which came down near the A4095 Grove Road in Bladon.

"It looked like he was trying to pull the aircraft up but unfortunately crashed into the ground," he told BBC News.

"Within five seconds it burst into flames which were 30 feet high."

Insp Paul Wince, of Thames Valley Police, said: "The plane was completely destroyed in the crash, both by the impact and fire.

"We will begin a stage of reconstructing what happened and recovering the wreckage of the aircraft."

An AAIB spokesperson said that a team was investigating "all aspects" of the accident but added it was "not possible to speculate on the cause of the accident at this stage".



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