One man dies after light aircraft crash near former RAF Hardwick site

Emergency services were called to the scene at 3.38pm on Sunday after reports of a crash landing. Pi

Emergency services were called to the scene at 3.38pm on Sunday after reports of a crash landing. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

A man has died and another remains in a critical condition following a plane crash in Topcroft, near Bungay, this afternoon, police have said.

Emergency services were called to Denton Road at about 3.30pm today after receiving reports that an aircraft had crash landed.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: 'The passenger, a man in his 80s, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene whilst the pilot, a man who is in a serious condition, was airlifted to Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for treatment.'

The road is currently closed while investigations are being carried out and local diversions are in place.

Fire crews from Long Stratton, Harleston, Earlham and the water carrier from Hethersett were also called to the scene.

Charles Christian, who lives near the airfield, was out walking when he thought he saw the plane, which he believed was a vintage Mustang, come down.

He said it appeared to come into the runway normally, with its landing gear down and ready to land, but that he heard a small explosion after it disappeared behind some trees, a noise he thought was just the engine playing up.

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Mr Christian told the Press Association: 'I was taking the dogs for a walk and I was walking up the back field and the plane in question, I think this is a vintage Mustang, was flying in and coming into land quite normally and flew right over my head.

'It flew on toward the runway, which is about a quarter of a mile away, and disappeared behind the trees to land.

'A few seconds later there was a bang.

'There was no sign of anything happening, there wasn't a column of smoke or anything.

'I actually saw it in the distance circling to come in and there was certainly no sign of anything untoward on there.'

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