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Two killed in light plane crash near Beverley Airfield

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Image caption A major search was carried out to find the crashed aircraft

Two people were killed when a light aircraft crashed near an airfield in East Yorkshire.

Both the pilot and passenger suffered fatal injuries in the crash reported at about 19:30 BST on Wednesday, Humberside Police said.

A major search had taken place to find the plane when it came down close to Beverley Airfield near Leven.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) tweeted it was on its way to the crash scene.

The plane was flying south from the Scottish Borders and crashed about one mile (1.6km) from the landing strip.

It was found in a field "some distance away from the road", police said.

Image caption Police are still at the scene of the crash

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Peter Harrison, a farmer from nearby Wilfholme, said his son had helped police to find the crash site at a boundary fence.

"There were blue lights everywhere, fire engines, police, a helicopter, very busy," he said.

He first saw the helicopter using a searchlight at about 19:30 and it continued until about 21:00.

Some farmers using quad bikes had joined the search for the plane, he added.

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Media captionA farmer tells how his son found the wreckage of a crashed aircraft in East Yorkshire.

The Farm Watch network had asked local farmers to search fields using headlights on their vehicles, joining fire fighters, the coastguard and the police in looking for the aircraft.

The families of the plane's occupants have been informed, police said.

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Image caption Beverley Airfield is home to Hull Aero Club

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