Pilot who died in plane crash on Queen’s Sandringham Estate named as Nigel Dodds

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 pilot who died when the light aircraft he was flying crashed on the Queen's Sandringham Estate has been named as Nigel Dodds.

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

Mr Dodds, who is understood to be from the Gateshead area, was flying a four-seater Piper PA28 over the Norfolk coast before crashing on marshland at Wolferton, near King's Lynn.

MORE: Investigators to examine aircraft following crash in Wolferton killing two peopleEmergency services were called just before 11am on Monday, September 11 and the pair were pronounced dead at the scene.

A female passenger aged in her 70s also died in the accident.

There has been widespread shock amongst the community following the incident.

Aerial view of Wolferton.
Taken by Mike Page.

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

MORE: Tributes continue to pour in for two people killed in light aircraft crash on Queen's Sandringham EstateNorth West Norfolk MP Henry Bellingham said: 'My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the victims. Obviously it is a very tragic and unexpected event - all the more so because you don't expect modern light aircraft to crash. It is quite rare.

'There does need to be a full air accident investigation. There may be some lessons that need to be learned.

MORE: Flying clubs react to light aircraft crash on Queen's Sandringham Estate, which killed two people'I'd also like to pay my very full and comprehensive thanks to all the emergency crews involved.


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'This is one they weren't expecting but they got there very quickly and have been working tirelessly to clear the wreckage and to try and find out some clues as to what happened.'

The Air Accident Investigating Branch (AAIB) is looking into the cause of the incident and has removed the plane from the scene of the crash.

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