An investigation is under way to find out of the cause of a light aircraft crash in Essex in which two people died.
Both crew members on board lost their lives, while the chairmen of West Ham United – David Sullivan and David Gold – have revealed how they were lucky not to have been on board as well.
The Beechcraft King Air 200 came down in a field in Chigwell shortly before 10.20am on October 3.
Witnesses reported hearing a “loud bang” and feeling “the ground shaking” as the 8-seater plane crashed a short distance away from where members of the Girl Guides were camping.
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service say the aircraft was “100% alight” when they arrived at the scene.
Forensic examinations have been taking place, led by Essex Police and air accident investigators.
Detective chief inspector Stephen Jennings says the recovery and forensic investigations will take some time. He adds that the force’s thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who died.
Their aircraft was destroyed in the fatal accident. Pictures of the aftermath of the show debris scattered across a wide area.
Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold had been due to fly from Stapleford Airport to the north east where West Ham United had a Premier League match with Sunderland. They had two light aircraft available to them, one of which was the plane that crashed.
But the pair had to change their plans when they arrived at the airport to find it closed.
Mr Sullivan says they had flown on the fateful plane around 50 times. He claims it was a 50/50 chance whether they got on the plane that crashed or the other one. He extends his condolences to the families of the pilots.
The aviation company, London Executive Aviation, confirmed Mr Sullivan and Mr Gold were due to fly with it on Saturday morning, but stated it was to be on a different aircraft than the one involved in the accident.
Source: Essex Police
Date Published: October 11, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown