Plane Crash Pilot's Body Recovered

Plane Crash


Police have recovered the body of one of five people who died in an horrific air crash involving a light aircraft and a Cessna 402.

The first body to be recovered from the wreckage at Coombe Abbey Country Park in Brinklow, Warwickshire, was that of the pilot of the light aircraft, police said.

Specialist search teams are now scouring corn fields surrounding the site for evidence, while other teams continue to recover the four bodies - two men and two women - from the Cessna wreckage.

Police investigating the crash are not treating the mid-air collision as suspicious, but they have said the recovery of the bodies will be a lengthy procedure because the Cessna aircraft had crashed in thick woodland which was difficult to access.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is leading the inquiry into what caused the crash just before 11.30am on Sunday.

Both aircraft came down towards the front of Coombe Abbey, a historic luxury hotel, after the pilot of the Cessna 402 had tried to steer his plane to safety.

Eyewitness Malcolm Collins, from Daventry, Northamptonshire, said the pilot had managed to gain control of the twin-engined Cessna before it eventually plunged into trees.

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Sallie Booth from law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "While the reasons for today's crash are still unknown, urgent investigation is needed. The Air Accident Investigation Branch of the Department of Transport will carefully investigate the incident and determine what went wrong and whether further steps are needed to prevent a similar incident in the future. In the past we have acted for victims of plane crashes such as the Kegworth air disaster in which 47 people died and the Lockerbie bombing where a total of 270 people died."