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Investigations into how plane crashed on Queen's Sandringham Estate could take up to a year

PUBLISHED: 10:18 14 September 2017

Wreckage is removed from the scene where a light aircraft crashed on marshland near Wolferton in Norfolk on Monday, September 11. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Wreckage is removed from the scene where a light aircraft crashed on marshland near Wolferton in Norfolk on Monday, September 11. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Investigations into how two people died in a light aircraft crash on the Queen's Sandringham Estate could take up to a year, it has been revealed.

Aerial view of Wolferton.

Taken by Mike Page.Aerial view of Wolferton. Taken by Mike Page.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) recovered the plane, a Piper PA28, on the evening of Tuesday, September 12.

It was taken to the AAIB’s base in Farnborough, Hampshire, for examination.

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An AAIB spokesman said normally investigations take between 10 to 12 months before they can conclude how the plane crashed.

He said: “There are all manner of things we look into – the settings the instruments were on, testing different parts, conducting interviews and obtaining records.

The roads were blocked in Wolferton by Police after a light aircraft crashed on the Royal Estate. Picture: Ian BurtThe roads were blocked in Wolferton by Police after a light aircraft crashed on the Royal Estate. Picture: Ian Burt

“We try to come up with a picture of what happened and why.”

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Questions could be raised on how the plane ended up flying over the royal estate.

Since 2015 a no-fly zone was enforced within 1.5miles of Anmer Hall in the Sandringham Estate, which includes some areas of Wolferton.

The restriction bans any low-flying aircraft and drones flying below 2,000ft.

The ban was put in place amid security reasons associated with the residence of members of the royal family.

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