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Two killed in light aircraft crash

Aviation officials are investigating what caused a light aircraft to crash into woodland close to an airfield, killing two people and leaving a third with life-threatening injuries.

Ambulance crews and paramedics attended the accident close to the A303 at Blackwood Forest, near Popham, Hampshire.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said that two people were declared dead at the scene while the third was taken to Southampton General Hospital.

She said: "Our crews assessed three patients at the scene, sadly two were confirmed deceased at the scene. One patient was taken by land ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with life threatening injuries."

She added that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance had been sent to the scene along with three ambulances, three rapid response cars and an ambulance doctor.

The service was alerted to the crash at 3.28pm yesterday.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: " A light aircraft came down and overturned in a patch of woodland half a mile south of A303 just down from Popham at Blackwood Forest.

"We are there assisting with the operation and we are trying to establish what we are dealing with there. We have 25 firefighters at the scene."

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

Inqu iries were being carried out to trace the next-of-kin of those involved.

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