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Four are killed as private plane crashes in Hampshire

By Sally Wardle

Published 01/08/2015

The Phenom 300 jet believed to be the aircraft that crash-landed into a car auction site at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire
The Phenom 300 jet believed to be the aircraft that crash-landed into a car auction site at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire

Four people have died after a private jet crash-landed in a car auction site and burst into flames.

The Embraer Phenom 300 jet crashed shortly after 3pm yesterday at Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire.

Acting chief inspector Olga Venner, of Hampshire Police, confimed that all four people onboad died.

She said: "We can confirm that there were four people on board, including the pilot.

"Sadly, there were no survivors."

Sources said the jet had flown from Milan and was attempting to land.

Footage from above the crash site showed the immediate aftermath of the incident.

A dark plume of black smoke could be seen twisting into the sky, while an orange-red ball of fire raged below.

Debris from the jet could be seen strewn among the dozens of severely damaged cars.

Robert Belcher, a local aviation enthusiast, said he was driving home when he saw a plume of black smoke coming from the site.

He said: "I was passing the airport on my way home and there was a big column of smoke in the air.

"I could see the plumes of smoke waving from about five miles away and was hoping it was just a car fire rather than an aircraft accident."

He added: "Apparently the aircraft was landing and just didn't stop.

"At the end of the runway there is a car park because the airport is used for car auctions and it's gone into there. Local people have said that it was this aircraft which is registered in Saudi Arabia.

"It's been a regular visitor to the airport for a few months. The aircraft would hold six people, it's a small jet."

Andrew Thomas, who was paying for a car at the time of impact, said the plane "exploded".

"I saw it when it had just happened, and could see the plane and cars in flames.

"The plane nosedived into the cars and exploded on impact."

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