Flying clubs react to light aircraft crash on Queen’s Sandringham Estate, which killed two people

Two people have died in a light aircraft crash in Wolferton. Picture: Ian Burt

Two people have died in a light aircraft crash in Wolferton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

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.

Handout photo issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the scene of a light aircrash in N

Handout photo issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of the scene of a light aircrash in Norfolk, where a pilot in his 50s and a female passenger in her 70s died. Picture: Air Accidents Investigation Branch/PA Wire - Credit: PA

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.

MORE: First picture released of plane which crashed on Queen's Sandringham Estate and killed two peoplePictures 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.

MORE: Tributes continue to pour in for two people killed in light aircraft crash on Queen's Sandringham EstateMichael 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.


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'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.

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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.'

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