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Light aircraft crash and burst into flames in Sussex

Light aircraft crash and burst into flames in Sussex

  • The plane landed at Cross in Hand village in Heathfield shortly after 11am
  • Police and paramedics responded to the incident as firefighters put out flames
  • Emergency services have not yet commented on whether the pilot was injured

A light aircraft crashed and caught fire near forests in Sussex today.

The plane landed in open ground near the village of Cross in Hand in Heathfield shortly after 11am.

MailOnline understands that the plane was operated by a private pilot who had just left the nearby Voliamo Flying School.

Police and ambulance personnel responded to the incident as firefighters put out the flames.

The plane landed in open ground near the village of Cross in Hand in Heathfield shortly after 11am

The plane landed in open ground near the village of Cross in Hand in Heathfield shortly after 11am

The Air Accident Investigations Branch is investigating today’s crash.

An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said, “Crews were called after reports of a light aircraft accident.

“They used one in seven foam to put out the fire.”

South East Coast Ambulance Service said they had sent “a number of resources” to the scene.

Sussex police said, “The plane came down in open ground.”

In 2016, there was another plane crash in the area when the pilot crashed into a tree. He was the only person on board and escaped unharmed.

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