East Yorkshire air crash: Plane was flying from Scottish borders

Update on air crash
Update on air crash

Investigations are continuing into the light aircraft crash which killed a pilot and a passenger in East Yorkshire last night.

Two people who were in the plane died in the crash near Leven around 7.30pm.
Police said an extensive multi-agency search was immediately launched across a large rural area to find the plane, which included numerous members of the public who offered their help.

The plane was found in the corner of a field some distance away from the road.

The aircraft was flying south from the Scottish Borders and came down near to the approach to the landing strip at Beverley Airfield.

Information was passed on to us when the incident was first reported to indicate that the passenger and pilot were safe. As our search began and progressed, it became clear that while this information had been provided with good intention, it was not correct.

The AAIB Inspectors are on scene and police officers are supporting their investigation. The force is appealing to anyone who might have any information regarding this to contact them on 101 quoting log 511 of 10/10/18.

The head of Humberside Police’s Special Operations Unit Chief Superintendent Darren Wildbore, who was Gold Commander for the incident, said: "I would first like to pass on my sincere condolences to the families of the pilot and passenger involved in this tragic incident.

"A search for the aircraft by all emergency services was undertaken and co-ordinated through a specialist search team including air support from the Air Search Rescue team.

"It was a challenging environment in terms of the large rural location and under the hours of darkness.

"I would personally like to thank all the volunteers, local residents, and farmers who assisted us by initially calling us and helping on the ground. Your help was invaluable.

"As in these circumstances this has now been referred to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. We have trained investigators and other specialist resources who are supporting this."