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Pilot dies in light aircraft crash

A pilot has died after his light aircraft crashed near a busy A road, police said.

The plane went down near Sibson Airfield, close to Peterborough, and the A1 will remain closed until at least midday on Saturday, causing further travel chaos.

Engineers from the National Grid are working to repair power lines that are believed to have been been struck by the aircraft as it plummeted towards the ground.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "The pilot suffered fatal injuries in the crash which was reported at about 2.15pm this afternoon."

Emergency services attended the scene and the area was cordoned off. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch was informed.

Rush hour commuters were badly affected by road closures in both directions on the major arterial road that runs up and down the east of the country.

The spokesman added: "The A1 is closed northbound at Haddon and southbound at Wansford and will remain so until at least midday tomorrow to allow experts from the National Grid to repair a damaged power line over the road.

"Motorists, including those travelling to or from the Burghley Horse Trials, are urged to avoid the area and to plan alternative routes."

The crash did not happen on the A1 and there is no debris on the road. There were no other people on board the plane.


From Belfast Telegraph