Four people dead after plane crashes en route to Dunkeswell

PUBLISHED: 19:15 14 November 2015 | UPDATED: 09:15 16 November 2015

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Somerset and Avon Police confirmed that the six-seater aircraft crashed in Churchinford, Somerset.

A plane bound for Dunkeswell has crashed in Somerset, killing four people.

Somerset and Avon Police confirmed that the six-seater aircraft crashed in a field near Buttles Lane, in the village of Churchinford.

The incident happened at 11.44am this morning (Saturday).

The aircraft was heading from the Surrey area towards Dunkeswell Aerodrome when it crashed, killing two men and two women.

Supt Richard Corrigan, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: “This is a very sad incident in which four people have tragically lost their lives.

“It’s too early to give any further details about the victims but we’re ensuring specially trained officers are making contact with their next of kin and giving them all the support they need.

“We’ve been working very closely with our colleagues from the other emergency services at the scene to make the area safe and ensure the resulting investigation can proceed.

“The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed and is deploying a team of investigators.

“There are road closures in place and we’d respectfully ask people not to attend the scene.”

Officers have been working at the scene today, along with crews from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and South Western Ambulance Service.

The Exeter-based Devon Air Ambulance and the National Police Air Service helicopter also attended.

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