Investigators to examine aircraft following crash in Wolferton killing two people

Wreckage is removed from the scene where a light aircraft crashed on marshland near Wolferton in Nor

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 - Credit: PA

Investigators are today expected to begin detailed examinations of a light aircraft which crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate, killing two people.

Wreckage is removed from the scene where a light aircraft crashed on marshland near Wolferton in Nor

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 - Credit: PA

The crash happened in the marshland area between Wolferton and the coast on Monday, September 11 just before 11am.

A pilot in his 50s and a female passenger in her 70s were pronounced dead at the scene but their identities are yet to be revealed.

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On Tuesday morning, police blocked Steer Road - a private road leading up towards to the coast and into the marshland area.

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

It remained closed as investigations were being lead by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).


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They were closely followed by forensic services as well as the royal protection squad.

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Images released of the light aircraft by the AAIB shows the recovered aircraft to be a four-seater Piper PA28.

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

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Speaking yesterday during investigations, an AAIB spokesman said: 'Our inspectors are on site gathering evidence and conducting interviews.

'We expect to recover the aircraft later today and take it to our facility in Farnborough (in Hampshire) where a detailed examination can take place.

'When our investigation is concluded, we will publish a report.'

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Aerial view of Wolferton.
Taken by Mike Page.

Aerial view of Wolferton. Taken by Mike Page. - Credit: Mike Page

Postman Anthony Pittam, 43, was near Steer Road on the Queen's royal estate on Monday morning at around 11am when he heard a plane.

He said: 'The plane was really low. The clouds were really low and it was quite windy. Not best conditions at all - visibility was not great.'

Mr Pittam said the plane flew in the direction of the sea bank from the cottages.

He said the village was soon filled with police, ambulance and fire engines.

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

He added: 'It was about 10 minutes, it was really quick.

'I didn't hear a crash. I came round [Steer Road] and there were people here and they said I wonder if the plane had come down. Apparently it hit a tree.'

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A 74-year-old villager, who did not want to be named, also heard a plane on Monday morning quickly followed by emergency services.

Steer Road in Wolferton which is closed after a light aircraft crash in the village. Picture: TAZ AL

Steer Road in Wolferton which is closed after a light aircraft crash in the village. Picture: TAZ ALI - Credit: TAZ ALI

But he did not think the two incidents were connected, adding: 'I thought it could have been something off the wash, there were high tides.'

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