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Air crash investigation continues

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 May 2010 | UPDATED: 16:25 01 July 2010

The light aircraft which crashed into a field near Puddleduck Farm near Attleborough, killing the pilot.

The light aircraft which crashed into a field near Puddleduck Farm near Attleborough, killing the pilot.

Stephanie Brooks

Investigations were continuing today into the cause of a plane crash in south Norfolk, in which the pilot died.

Investigations were continuing today into the cause of a plane crash in south Norfolk, in which the pilot died.

The plane came down on farmland near Old Buckenham, at about 6.20pm on Sunday.

Firefighters from Attleborough, East Harling and Hethersett arrived at the scene at Puddledock Farm and extinguished the flames, but were unable to save the pilot. He was the only person on board the four-seater aircraft.

One witness had described how the plane seemed to stall mid air before crashing to the ground and bursting into flame.

Yesterday Norfolk Police was working alongside investigators from the Department of Transport's Air Accident Investigation Branch to try and establish the circumstances surrounding the tragic accident, although a cause for the crash is still to be identified.

A spokeswoman for the branch would only confirm that investigations were ongoing.

It is thought that the light aircraft, which has been identified as a Mooney M20B, was registered to an Austrian owner.

A spokeswoman for Norfolk Police renewed calls for anyone who witnessed the crash to come forward.

She said: “It is understood that the pilot who sadly died was a male foreign national.”

She also said that it appears the pilot was heading towards nearby Old Buckenham Airfield at the time but it is unclear whether he was coming into land.

A spokesman for Old Buckenham Airfield said staff had been helping with the investigations yesterday but the airfield had remained operating as usual.

Anyone with further information regarding the accident at Old Buckenham should call Inspector Paul Rush at Thetford Police Station on 0845 456 4567.

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