Two killed as light plane crashes

Two men were killed when a light aircraft crashed on England’s border with Wales.

The plane came down near the village of Churton, 14 miles south of Chester on the River Dee on Thursday evening.

A Cheshire Police spokeswoman said “Sadly the two men on board the aircraft, one from North Wales and a second man from Surrey, sustained fatal injuries.

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“Their next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.”

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has been informed.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said on Thursday night fire crews had been called to Chapel Lane in Aldford at 8.45pm after reports that a light aircraft crashed in a field.

“Two fire engines from Chester went to the scene and on arrival crews found a two-seater plane had crashed into a field,” a spokesman said.

“Police and paramedics were also on the scene and firefighters assisted them in gaining access to the aircraft which contained two men.”

Neither the identities of the two men nor their ages had been released yesterday.