Investigations into how plane crashed on Queen's Sandringham Estate could take up to a year
PUBLISHED: 10:18 14 September 2017
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.
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.
“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.