Update: Investigation into light aircraft crash continues
PUBLISHED: 14:49 09 December 2012 | UPDATED: 14:03 10 December 2012
Investigating officers are trying to establish the cause of a light aircraft crash which has left a man dead.
A member of the public called police at about 11.20am on Saturday with a report that a light aircraft had come down in Aldham, near Hadleigh, and hit a tree. The aircraft also became submerged in a pond between two farmhouses.
A man’s body was found by firefighters in the wreckage. He has not yet been formally identified but next of kin have been informed.
Air crash investigators have been at the scene throughout the weekend to clear the wreckage and try to establish a cause.
Detective Chief Inspector Neil Luckett said: “Emergency services were called to the scene by a member of the public who reported a light aircraft had come down in the village.
“We are in the very early stages of establishing what happened but it could take some considerable time.
“We have been speaking to witnesses as part of the ongoing investigation.”
A spokesman for the Search and Rescue team based at Wattisham Airfield said: “We are investigating if it (aircraft) hit power lines.”
Police, fire and ambulance crews were all called to the scene.
East of England Ambulance Service sent paramedics, a clinical manager and a hazardous area response team to the scene.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was called at 11.23am to the incident.
Crews from Woodbridge, Hadleigh, Needham Market, Bury St Edmunds and Halstead, Essex, were in attendance, along with the water rescue vehicle and crew.
A spokesman for UK Power Networks said at 11.34am 351 customers in the Reydon Road area of Aldham experienced an interruption to their power supplies because of a fault on the overhead electricity distribution network.
Shortly afterwards, UK Power Networks was contacted by the police to say there had been an incident in the village involving a light aircraft.
At 5.30pm 49 customers remained without power. Engineers worked through the night to restore electricity supplies to these customers.
The last six customers had power again at 5.14am today.
A resident of Aldham, Dr Liz Cope, who lives close to the scene of the crash, was in the at the time but returned home to see emergency services in attendance. “It’s obviously very shocking,” she said.
Dennis Hill, who owns a property near the crash site, said the plane narrowly missed his house and several others as it plunged to the ground.
He said: “The plane flew across the fields and into the tree, before falling into the pond. My sons went to investigate, but our property was not damaged and it crashed two or three properties up from ours.”
Meanwhile, David Young, of nearby Elmsett Airfield, said he did not know where the plane had flown from or its intended destination.
The Air Accident Investigation Branch is looking into the cause of the tragedy.
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