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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 June 2007, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Inquiry as two die in air crash
Part of the plane's wreckage in a field
Police said the bodies were found at two separate locations
Air accident investigators are still at the scene of a light aircraft crash, which killed two men in Monmouthshire.

The pilot and passenger were named as William Richard Mills, 66, of Glascoed, Pontypool, who owns the aircraft, and Paul Robert Sweeting, 33, originally from Tredegar.

They crashed near Undy on Friday on a return flight from Cornwall.

Part of the plane's wing ended up on a road near a Tesco distribution depot at Magor, two miles from the M4.

The bodies of Mr Mills and Mr Sweeting were found at separate locations.

All roads had been reopened by Saturday morning.

Chief Supt Paul Symes said: "This is a tragic loss of life and we extend our sympathies to the families of these men.

"We have implemented a multi-agency approach to establish what caused the collision.

Emergency services and plane wing on road
Part of the aircraft's wing ended up on a road

"What we do know is that the aircraft took off from the Newport area yesterday morning, travelled to the west country and was on its way back when the incident occurred."

He said police were providing support to both families.

The 11-year-old two-seater aircraft was registered to Mr Mills.

Supt Colin Jones, who is leading the police investigation, said one victim was found near the aircraft after officers were alerted by a member of the public.

Mr Jones said emergency services and the electricity board had been carrying out investigations at the scene, but added: "There is nothing at this stage to say there has been any contact with the power cables."

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Part of the aircraft's wing landed on the road carriageway and there was debris in the field opposite and in an adjoining field.

It was been reported that eye witnesses saw something falling from the sky moments before the crash.

A spokesman for Cardiff International Airport said a Europa aircraft was flying from Bodmin to a small air strip at a farm, a few miles south west of Magor.

The air traffic control at the airport did get routine calls from the plane, but no Mayday emergency call.


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