Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Two dead in aircraft crash near Popham, Hampshire

Emergency crews at the crash site
Image caption Firecrews, police and ambulance were called to the scene near Popham airfield at about 15:30 GMT

Two people have died and another is critically ill after a light aircraft crashed in woods in Hampshire.

Emergency services were called to Blackwood Forest, south of the A303 near Popham airfield, just before 15:30 GMT.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said one person was in a life-threatening condition at Southampton General Hospital.

Twenty-five firefighters are also at the scene.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance was also sent.

The police spokeswoman added the scene was close to a holiday park but the occupants of the aircraft were not believed to be linked to the site.

She said inquiries were being carried out to trace the next-of-kin of those involved.

A spokesman from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are there assisting with the operation and we are trying to establish what we are dealing with."

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