Shropshire

Two killed in Shropshire light aircraft crash

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Media captionTwo people are killed as a light aircraft crashes in Shropshire

Two people have been killed in a light aircraft crash in Shropshire, West Mercia Police have said.

The pilot and a passenger died when the plane crashed in a field shortly before 17:00 BST near Shaw Lane, Shifnal.

Police said trained officers were supporting the next of kin, but information about the identities of the victims has not been released.

Teacher John Taylor said he saw the plane flying from some distance, when it lost speed and appeared to nosedive.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been called in to carry out inquiries.

It said it estimated work at the scene would finish on Tuesday and the wreckage would be taken back to its headquarters in Farnborough for further investigation.

Image caption Emergency crews were called at about 17:00 BST

"This is a very sad incident in which two people have tragically lost their lives," Supt Kevin Purcell said.

"We have been working closely with our colleagues from the other emergency services at the scene to make the area safe and ensure the resulting investigation can proceed."

Image caption A witness reported seeing the aircraft lose speed and nosedive

West Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics and the air ambulance were sent to the scene but that two people were confirmed dead.

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