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Tributes continue to pour in for two people killed in light aircraft crash on Queen's Sandringham Estate

PUBLISHED: 13:31 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 12 September 2017

Aerial view of Wolferton.

Taken by Mike Page.

Aerial view of Wolferton. Taken by Mike Page.

Mike Page

Tributes are continuing to pour in for two people tragically killed in a light aircraft crash on the Queen's Sandringham Estate.

Sir Henry Bellingham. Picture: Ian BurtSir Henry Bellingham. Picture: Ian Burt

The pilot, in his 50s, and a female passenger in her 70s died in the crash on private marshland yesterday (Monday, September 11), which is part of the Sandringham Estate.

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Emergency services were called just before 11am and Norfolk Police said the pair, who were flying a Piper PA28, were pronounced dead at the scene.

North 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.

Wolferton. Photo: Google Street ViewWolferton. Photo: Google Street View

“I’d also like to pay my very full and comprehensive thanks to all the emergency crews involved.

“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.”

Tim Tilbrook, a borough councillor whose ward covers Wolferton, said the first he heard of it was about 10.45pm on the day of the accident.

However he believes the village’s strong sense of community means residents will rally round to help those affected in whatever way they can.

Two people have died in a light aircraft crash in Wolferton. Picture: Ian BurtTwo people have died in a light aircraft crash in Wolferton. Picture: Ian Burt

“My thoughts go out to the people who have been killed,” he said.

“Our thoughts and prayers go to the families. It’s sad that two people have lost their lives. It’s a tragedy.”

“I think people in the village will be shocked. This is the last thing in the world they would’ve expected to happen.

“It is a beautiful part of Norfolk and for something like this to happen is most unusual.

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 WireHandout 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

“It’s a tremendous community here. If they can do anything to help, I’m sure they will do.”

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