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Pair killed in plane crash named

A man and a woman who died after a light aircraft crashed near a runway at an Airbus UK factory have been named by police.

Gary Vickers, 58, and Kaye Clarke, 42, both from the Chester area, died following the accident involving a twin-engine aircraft at Chester Hawarden Airport in North Wales on Friday.

A North Wales Police spokesman said Mr Vickers was pronounced dead at the scene and Ms Clarke was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where she died.

A spokesman for Airbus said the crash did not involve one of its aircraft.

The runway at the airport, close to the English border, is next to the Airbus factory and manages business and private flights.

Airport owner Aviation Park Group said it could not comment on the crash and referred all queries to the police.

North Wales Police said: "We are working with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) to establish what caused the plane to crash. The AAIB will lead the investigation."

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