Flying clubs react to light aircraft crash on Queen’s Sandringham Estate, which killed two people
Norfolk’s flying clubs have spoken of their sadness at the death of two people in Wolferton’s light aircraft crash - but have vowed to keep flying across the county’s skies.
The crash, which was reported to emergency services at around 11am on Monday, September 11, killed a pilot in his 50s and a female passenger in her 70s.
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Pictures from the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is investigating the incident, show a Piper PA28 on the marshland at Wolferton, which is part of the Queen’s Sandringham estate.
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Michael Artherton - manager of Shipdham Flying Club, based at Shipdham Airfield - said the news of the crash was sad but that flying aircraft is still a fairly safe activity.
“Flying in Norfolk is a popular activity but unfortunately these incidents sometimes do happen,” he said.
A full investigation will need to be carried out before the causes of the crash - such as a mechanical failure - can be determined, he said.
“However if you consider the number of people who die on the roads, the number who died in plane crashes is very, very small.
“I don’t think it will shock people. They know the parameters of what to do and generally it’s a very safe acivity.”
The Civil Aviation Authority provides free advice on flying conditions, which people can also access.
Mr Artherton himself flies a Piper PA28 and said it is a “very safe aeroplane”.
Across The Wash, owner of Wingland Airfield in Spalding, Peter Higgins, said: “It is always so sad when that happens.”